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Red Sox exec 'hopeful' of having fans in Fenway Park at some point in 2020 season

Red Sox exec 'hopeful' of having fans in Fenway Park at some point in 2020 season

We learned earlier this week the 2020 MLB season is set to begin July 23, but what we still don't know is if fans will be allowed to attend games at any point during the year.

The Boston Red Sox are at least hopeful that fans will eventually be able to come to Fenway Park.

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Red Sox president Sam Kennedy spoke to reporters on a Zoom conference call Wednesday night, and one topic he responded to was the possibility of fans cheering on the Red Sox from the Fenway Park seats in 2020.

"We are hopeful to have fans at some point," Kennedy said. "We need fans at Fenway Park. Our fans give us a competitive advantage. I can tell you there are clubs around Major League Baseball that are anticipating having fans in their ballparks. It's an incredibly important part of our business and of our baseball operations, so we’d like to get to that point. But I can’t tell you when that would happen. But we are working through the protocols that would be required to pursue the opportunity some day in the future.”

Fans coming back to Fenway Park likely would hinge on several different factors, including what the COVID-19 situation looks like in Massachusetts over the next few months. The data in Massachusetts has been encouraging over the last week. That said, it's important not to re-open too quickly. 

We all want to return to a sense of normalcy, and for many people, including Kennedy, that means going to Fenway Park every summer to watch baseball. Kennedy doesn't know for sure if fans will be in the Fenway stands this year, but it's something that will be considered when/if the time is right.

“I want to make sure I’m clear. I hope that we can have fans back in the stands because of the competitive advantage that it gives you to have fans, but I don’t know that we will," Kennedy said. "It’s probably a little bit of me, personally, just projecting my own hope that fans will be back at Fenway Park. I just anticipate it being extremely odd when we get going playing Major League Baseball games in front of no fans, it being a strange environment. It is, I think, important that if we do it and can do it, we do it in a safe and responsible way following CDC guidelines for social distancing, cleanliness, face coverings and the like. We’ll see how it goes.

"I think it’s incredibly important that we start, when it’s safe, to start to try and get back to some sense of normalcy. I know, for me, that's always been going to baseball games, and I think our fans want that, and ultimately I think our players want that. I think we all want to start to try to get back to some sense of normalcy when it's safe and appropriate. And just to be clear, I don't have a timetable on that, but I personally hope it's as soon as humanly possible."

Red Sox vs. Yankees highlights: Alex Verdugo homers, but Sox lose fifth straight

Red Sox vs. Yankees highlights: Alex Verdugo homers, but Sox lose fifth straight

FINAL SCORE: New York Yankees 10, Boston Red Sox 3

IN BRIEF: Alex Verdugo hit a solo home run, but the Red Sox couldn't get anything else going against Gerrit Cole on Friday night as Boston dropped Game 1 of its series in the Bronx. Sox opener Colten Brewer allowed four hits and three walks for two runs in 2.2 innings, and Ryan Brasier allowed three runs in relief including a bomb off the bat of Gary Sanchez.

Dylan Covey and Brandon Workman didn't fare any better as they allowed three and two runs respectively in the late innings.

Friday night's loss marked the Red Sox's fifth straight defeat.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 6-14

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HIGHLIGHTS

Torres gives Yanks early lead

Verdugo takes Cole deep

Sanchez launches one off Brasier

Frazier piles it on

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Mookie Betts' daughter has adorable reaction to his 3-home run game

Mookie Betts' daughter has adorable reaction to his 3-home run game

Mookie Betts gave the Boston Red Sox a reminder of what they've been missing with a historic performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

Betts crushed three home runs vs. the San Diego Padres for the sixth three-homer performance of his career, tying the MLB record.

The real star, though? That would be Betts' daughter, Kynlee. The 27-year-old shared an adorable video of Kynlee reacting to his home runs, and it's the most adorable thing you'll watch all day.

"My daughter Kynlee is watching me, I have no other choice but to wake up everyday and give it my all!" Betts captioned the Instagram video.

Watch below:


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It doesn't get any better than that.

Betts entered Friday night slashing .319/.380/.694 with seven homers through 19 games with L.A. Meanwhile, the hapless Red Sox are coming off an embarrassing 17-8 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays and a four-game series sweep.