The Green Monster made its way from Fenway to Worcester during the Red Sox Showcase at the Worcester Family Health Center Friday.
From the batting cages, pitching accuracy stations and the Red Sox virtual reality experience, the showcase uses a 15-foot panel truck to bring the Fenway experience to places all throughout New England.
“I love interacting with the little kids because they get so excited about the Red Sox,” said Kristian Salvucci, a Red Sox street team member. “I love when they’re like 3 or 4 years old and they really don’t know how to swing a baseball bat, and they’re like, ‘Can you help me?’ and it’s so sweet and it’s extra engaging because we can actually be one-on-one and talk to them, so I think that’s the best part.”
This free experience is offered to all ages and comes equipped with a replica of the Green Monster scoreboard to give fans a chance to feel like a true left fielder.
Although the biggest initial draw are the cages and pitching station, fans were eager to check out the virtual reality section.
“I like the VR the most, it’s all about Jackie Bradley Jr., the Red Sox center fielder, it’s basically telling about the Red Sox’s spring training,” James Segatore, 10, said.
The Worcester event began with mostly young ones, but slowly drew in families of all ages, eventually bringing parents to test their pitching accuracy alongside their children.
“We’ve done everything from events for elementary school kids and younger, all the way to corporate weekend barbecue retreat things where it’s just all middle-aged men trying to reclaim their glory days in our batting cage, it’s literally all ages,” said Andrew Thomas, another street team member.//