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Red Sox offer fans virtual reality experience at Fenway

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh tries out a virtual reality device during a tour of the latest improvements at Fenway Park on Friday.Jimmy Golen/Associated Press

Turn to your right, and David Price is throwing fastballs off a bullpen mound at the Boston Red Sox spring training ballpark in Florida.

Wait a bit, and you’re standing in the cage with David Ortiz as he launches liners in batting practice.

With new virtual reality booths at Fenway Park this season, Red Sox fans will have a chance to see the team up close and in 360 degrees. The technology made its debut Friday when the ballclub gave a tour of the latest improvements for Mayor Martin J. Walsh and members of the media in advance of Monday’s home opener.


‘‘We’re always trying to bring the experience to the fan and give them as much unfiltered access as possible,’’ Red Sox senior vice president Adam Grossman said.

The first virtual reality video — more are planned as the team accumulates footage from the regular season — was shot at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. It includes shots of batting practice and pitching sessions from up close, with the viewer standing in the batter’s box or behind infielders as they take ground balls.

The free video takes two minutes — about the right amount for a fan to see during a pitching change or between innings.

Grossman said the team took the headsets to the Jimmy Fund clinic at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on Thursday, where it was a big hit with the children being treated there. The club plans to bring it to schools and to other off-site events, he said.

For now, three dugout-themed booths will be stationed through the ballpark, and each has several virtual reality headsets.