Red Sox minor league team to host ‘Free Brady Friday’ night
If there’s one surefire way for a minor league team to ingratiate itself to a New England fan base, it’s by rallying around Tom Brady.
The Pawtucket Red Sox, the triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, will hold “Free Brady Friday” night on June 10, an evening dedicated to the New England Patriots quarterback’s seemingly never-ending battle with the NFL over his purported role in Deflategate, a controversy that marked its absurdly 500th day of existence this week.
“Tom Brady is one of the region’s most beloved athletes and public figures,” vice president/general manager Dan Rea said, per a report on the team’s official site, via Shutdown Corner. “This evening allows PawSox fans, so many of whom are Patriots fans, to show their support for him.”
The promotional portion of the “Free Brady Friday” night goes like this: Any fan who attends the game will get in for free if they present valid identification that proves their name includes either “Tom” or “Brady.” Additionally, box seats at McCoy Stadium, will be priced at $12, in honor of the Brady’s uniform number, a $1 markdown from the regular cost. The team will also give a “quarter-back” of the price of a box seat ticket to Best Buddies, a Brady-endorsed charity.
The fun doesn’t end there, either. The first 3,000 fans through the gates will also given a commemorative placard, which will be used for a photo-op between innings. Ceremonial first pitches and some in-game promotions will feature footballs instead of baseballs as well.
The entire evening certainly looks like it will be a great way to pay tribute to a local sports icon. More than that, it’s a pretty savvy promotion by the PawSox. After all, in New England, you can’t go wrong in supporting one Tom Brady.