Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt blasts Fenway’s ‘brutal’ bullpens
Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt made his return to Fenway Park this week for the first time since 2010 and apparently he's not happy with the setup of the bullpens in the beautiful, ancient ballpark.
Why? Because he thinks the fans are too close. He told SI's Tom Verducci after Tuesday's Game 1:
"Brutal. Pretty brutal," said Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, making his first trip to the Fens since 2010. Not much has changed. The rubber of the pitching mound in the visitors' bullpen is but three feet from the bleacher seats. "What I don't understand is why baseball allows it. You've got the rubber right there and people literally standing over you."
He's not wrong about the closeness of the fans, check out this photo of a more crowded Fenway when the Yankees were in town. They are really close:
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
But come on, what's really gonna happen? Some people are gonna say some inappropriate things? Try to get you off your game? That's called home-field advantage, bud. Welcome to Boston.
I'd try to blame his take on millennials being too soft but Honeycutt is 64 years old so that can be it.
But in all the years of baseball being played at the cathedral that is Fenway, there have close to zero incidents with fans and the bullpens.
Sure the fans are close. That's what makes Fenway so great.
And I'm guessing the fans may be a little more vocal now.
Maybe Jon Gruden knows what he's doing after all
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