Tomorrow's MLB stars to face off at Futures at Fenway

BOSTON, MA - Families across New England will have the chance to see the Major League Baseball stars of tomorrow when the 7th annual Futures at Fenway presented by Xfinity comes to Fenway Park on Saturday, August 18. Family-friendly, discounted ticket and concession prices along with kid-friendly activities and entertainment will highlight the day of minor league fun at "America's Most Beloved Ballpark."

After a one year absence from the event, Boston's Single-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners, will make their fifth overall appearance at Futures at Fenway, taking on the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, at 1:05pm.  Game two will feature the Pawtucket Red Sox, also making their fifth Futures at Fenway appearance, as they face-off against the Buffalo Bisons, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets.

At this year's event the Red Sox will team up with Lucasfilm Ltd. to incorporate Star Wars themed programming elements, including a costume parade around the warning track for the first 500 people dressed in Star Wars costumes to line up in the Big Concourse, an opportunity for kids to take pictures with Star Wars characters, and free lightsabers for the first 1000 kids to visit a Red Sox Kid Nation booth located at Gates A, B, E, and the Left Field deck. To start the doubleheader, a special ceremonial first pitch with a special Star Wars twist will take place.

Additionally, the first game will feature a "Sith inning" stretch during which Chewbacca will take over the PA, and Star Wars characters will lead the crowd in a rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame." While the minor league teams battle each other on the field, off the field Wally the Green Monster will take on Darth Vader in a battle on top of the Red Sox dugout between innings. For more information on the day's events please visit redsox.com/futures.

Other family-friendly activities will include live music from Josh & the JamTones on Yawkey Way, balloon artists, face painting, miniature golf, Skeeball, a magician, and stilt walker. Kids attending the games will have an opportunity to run the bases after the second game, and will also be selected randomly throughout the day to participate in activities such as mascot races and other on-field experiences. Player autograph sessions will also take place during the doubleheader.

Tickets can be purchased at redsox.com/futures or by calling (877) REDSOX-9. Fans with disabilities can call (877) REDSOX-9 to purchase accessible seating. The Red Sox' TTY number for hearing-impaired fans is (617) 226-6644. Tickets start as low as $5.00 (for Bleacher seats) and range up to $30.00 (for Premium seating areas, including the EMC Club and the State Street Pavilion Club).  

Many of the best and most promising prospects in the Red Sox farm system are part of the Lowell Spinners and Pawtucket Red Sox, giving fans a chance to catch these upcoming stars in the early stages of their development. Current Red Sox players who are alumni of one or both of these Minor League teams include Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jon Lester, Will Middlebrooks and Dustin Pedroia.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino originally approached the Red Sox seven years ago with the idea to host minor league games at Fenway Park. Although records are incomplete, the Futures at Fenway games in 2006 are believed to be the first minor league games played at Fenway Park since the 1977 Eastern League All-Star Game. The last known regular season minor league game played at Fenway had been a 1966 Eastern League contest between Pittsfield (Red Sox) and Pawtucket (Indians).