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After dismal year, Red Sox fans take the field

As Victoria Donahue made her way to the batter’s box, her name rang out over the loudspeaker, and her image filled the big screen in centerfield. Adjusting a too-big helmet as she stepped to the plate Monday, the 12-year-old could not help but smile. She was up to bat at Fenway Park.

In a good-will gesture to fans who suffered through the worst Red Sox season in decades, the team opened up Fenway over the holiday weekend to season-ticket holders, giving diehard fans a chance to sit in the dugout, snap pictures in the clubhouse, and take aim at the Green Monster. Or at least the outfield grass.

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