HYANNIS ----- Selected as the lone Massachusetts site for the 2010 Boston Red Sox Listening Tour, the Cape Cod Baseball League hosted a two-hour visit to the CCBL Hall of Fame at the JFK Hyannis Museum on Thursday. It was a chance for local baseball fans and media to talk to Red Sox personnel about concerns and issues that interest them.
Representing the Red Sox was Ron Bumgarner, senior vice president of ticketing, who answered questions pertaining to ticket pricing, handicap accessibility and Fenway Park improvements. Bumgarner also gave out Red Sox memorabilia for correct answers to trivia questions.
Also in attendance for the Red Sox was Jon Dietstag, special assistant to team president/CEO Larry Lucchino, along with a video specialist and a photographer.
The Red Sox group spent time with members of the Cape Cod Baseball League, the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and other guests to thank Cape Cod fans for their support, and listened and responded to inquiries, suggestions, and criticisms during a question-and-answer session at the museum. In addition, the group stopped at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School to hear from students. The Bourne Braves play at Doran Park, which was built by the students of Upper Cape.
“We enjoyed traveling down to the Cape to hear suggestions and ideas from our fans,” Bumgarner said. “Our organization has a long and special relationship with Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Baseball League, and we liked hearing from our fans in the heart of Cape Cod Red Sox Nation.”
As the Red Sox ownership group – led by John Henry, Tom Werner and Lucchino – headed into its ninth year as stewards of the franchise, they decided to initiate a “Listening Tour” as a way to hear directly from their fans and bring their ideas and suggestions back to Fenway Park. Over the course of the season, Red Sox executives have participated in speaking engagements, both at and away from Fenway Park, and engaged in free-flowing Q&A with fans in each of the six New England states.
In addition, the Red Sox created an online opportunity to hear from those fans unable to attend the Listening Tour events. Mike Hazen, director of player development, and Cherington both sat down with Red Sox Nation Governor of Massachusetts, Jared Carrabis, on August 18 and September 8, respectively, for Red Sox webcasts to field questions and take suggestions live from fans. For more information please visit www.redsox.com/webcast.