Candidate for Boston City Council At Large Kevin McCrea 218 West Springfield Street Boston, MA 02118 617-267-2453 617-351-2453 (fax)
For Immediate Release:
City Council Candidate Kevin McCrea Convinces Red Sox To Donate Tickets to Youth Baseball
In a lattice of coincidence, Kevin McCrea was able to make lemonade out of lemons by being in the middle of an unfortunate situation. It turns out that Kevin is the holder of the Boston Red Sox Season Ticket for the right field Front Row ticket Section 4, Box 86 Row A1. That happens to be the seat between the fan who had contact with New York Yankee Gary Sheffield, and the fan whose beer ended up on Sheffield.
Kevin has also been the coach of the 6 to 10 year old French Cleaners Giants in the South End Youth Baseball League for the last three years. The night of the incident he sold his ticket for $20 because he was attending a campaign event in Charlestown. He didn't find out about the event until the next day.
In the past week McCrea has had conversations with Boston Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino and his assistant Adam Grossman. McCrea suggested turning this negative incident into something positive by donating some of the rescinded tickets to area youth baseball, and in particular the South End Youth Baseball league which is free to any kid who would like to play. Charitably the Boston Red Sox have taken McCrea up on his suggestion and are going to donate some of the tickets to South End Baseball. Larry Lucchino was on local Sports Talk Radio Station WEEI this week to announce how the Red Sox are giving back to the local community by donating these tickets.
McCrea is a huge baseball fan who attended almost all of the homegames last season and traveled to the Bronx to see the Sox vanquish the Yankees in Game 7 last year, and attended all 4 World Series Games, visiting his brother who lives in St. Louis for the baseball finals.He joked about the incident “In retrospect it is probably a good thing I wasn't at the game that night, although if Boston residents saw me yelling at the Yankees I might be a shoo-in for the election!” On a more serious note he said “My hat is off to the Red Sox for making this gift to the community. I took two eight year olds from my team: Iouless Rivera, and his cousin Victor Velasquez to their first game last Sunday. It is such a thrill and joy to get these kids to the park to see their heroes, when they might not otherwise get the chance.”