Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy, in an interview on the Salk & Holley Show, said that the team was open to extending the recently announced April discounts on concessions beyond the first month of the season.
“[The discounts] could [extend beyond April], and I think that’s something we would certainly consider,” said Kennedy. “It is a small gesture. We owe our fans a lot more than that. What we owe them is continued commitment to player payroll — we need to be at the very top of baseball. By no means would I ever suggest that a small thank you by discounting concessions through the month of April is a proper thank you for a decade of fan support. Loyalty is a two-way street. We recognize that, we understand that and we’re committed to bringing the team back to where it belongs.
“If fans really respond well to it and appreciate it, it’s something that we can take into consideration. It may be a great thing. We pride ourselves on listening to the fans and taking their feedback,” he added.
Kennedy also said that he did not foresee a dramatic overhaul of the Fenway fan experience in which giveaways will become a standard draw.
“In Boston, you need to provide winning baseball, competitive baseball, commitment to player payroll and and a great fan experience. We don’t need the sort of gimmicky promotions or giveaway items or things you need to do in other markets that you need to do to get fans to come to ballgames,” said Kennedy. “It’s a different approach to the business side of baseball in Boston. … It’s all about the baseball here.”
Towards that end, Kennedy suggested that the Red Sox’ rebuilding of their brand requires the team to win again. That will matter more than the duration of concession discounts in determining whether Fenway Park patrons have a positive experience at Red Sox games.
“Nothing will make things feel right in Red Sox Nation other than getting off to a quick start. … There’s no marketing our club can do like winning baseball games,” said Kennedy. “There has been a lot of residual anger. … We recognize that. We get that. We need to do everything we can to improve our reputation. Our reputation has taken a hit. To be clear, we recognize that and we need to be judged now by how we respond to that.”
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Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Gabe calls the boys to handicap one of the biggest gambling days of the year - Super Bowl 51! Gabe has all the point spread info down and gets to all of the major prop bets that interest him.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
The NBA trade rumor mill is beginning to swirl as the deadline approaches and Picard is ready to go! He talks about the possibility of Jimmy Butler coming to Boston, why Isaiah Thomas is not getting enough respect and the future of the Celtics.
Rob Bradford is joined by Drew Pomeranz, the Red Sox pitcher who so many are wondering if he will be able to live up the value placed on him by the Red Sox when trading away top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza last July. Pomeranz goes into detail regarding his injury last season, the stem cell treatment he underwent in the offseason, and how he thinks things stand heading into the 2017 campaign.
Rob Bradford is joined by Tom Caron, the man responsible for guiding the ship when it comes to Red Sox pregame and postgame shows, along with various other important duties with the New England Sports Network, including offering the play-by-play for both TV and radio throughout spring training. Tom and Rob discuss a variety of topics, such as nickname conundrums, radio vs. television, criticizing the team, behind-the-scenes for the broadcasts and where the industry is going.
Rob Bradford is joined by two-time All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is attempting a comeback with the Red Sox this spring. Quentin's path back to baseball involves almost quitting the game less than a year ago, losing 40 pounds and trying to sell himself to general managers all over Major League Baseball. Quentin explains his journey, which has led him to the back fields at JetBlue Park.
Hour 3. The guys don’t think Lavar Ball has any influence on Lonzo’s draft stock. Ken Laird gave a lively performance on the Lightning pregame show.
The American treasure Mr. Skins joins the show to talk the Whack-It bracket and take calls.
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Final hour brings in the Patriots to the topic table, and still some more Bruins anger.
Mostly angry fire from Bruins fans this hour, with a little NCAA mixed in as well.
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SI's Richard Deitsch returns to the podcast to talk with Kirk about the K&C casting couch, how ESPN wimps out when they are called out for slander, what's going on with Bill Simmons, and the rise of podcasting.
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