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The sign hanging beyond the turnstiles at Fenway Park’s Gate D entrance read, “Welcome to Workout Wednesday,” but the larger message was more subtle.
By opening their intrasquad scrimmage to fans, free of charge, just two days before they embark on the postseason, the Red Sox were saying thank you.
The gesture was another act of good will toward a fan base that was loyal but, in recent years, also tested. The glow of World Series titles in 2004 and 2007 had worn off after a bitter collapse in 2011 and a last-place finish in 2012.