Fenway Park To Host Opening Game Of Annual Army-Navy Baseball Series In April
Fenway Park will host the "Army-Navy baseball rivalry" this season for the opener of the schools' "annual three-game series," according to Bill Wagner of the Annapolis CAPITAL GAZETTE. The service academies will "kick off the weekend series with a Friday night game" at Fenway on April 20 at 6:00pm ET. Army will then "host the remainder of the series with a doubleheader" at West Point. Navy AD Chet Gladchuk, who was "born and raised in Massachusetts and played football at Boston College," credited Fenway Sports Management Managing Dir Mark Lev with "broaching the idea of Navy considering other sporting events in the Boston area." Both academies have "decided to donate all proceeds" from the game to the Home Base Program, a "partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital and the Red Sox Foundation that helps veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder." Gladchuk said that there is a chance Fenway could host a future Navy-Notre Dame football game and mentioned that Gillette Stadium "remains in the running for an Army-Navy football game down the road" (Annapolis CAPITAL GAZETTE, 1/18). The Army-Navy game at Fenway will come exactly 106 years after the ballpark's "first official Red Sox game" (ARMYTIMES.com, 1/17).
DOUBLE DOWN: In Boston, Nate Weitzer notes Army-Navy will be "followed by" Florida State-Boston College on April 21 at 3:00pm. BC will be hosting its "seventh ALS Awareness game, created to honor former captain Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS" in '12. The ALS Awareness game was "held on BC's campus before moving to Fenway last April." Ticket sales from the game will "benefit the Pete Frates Home Health Initiative, a pilot program of the ALS Association and its Massachusetts chapter that provides in-home caregiving assistance for individuals living with ALS" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/18).