The 2017 season at Fluor Field is setting up to be the most exciting one yet, as the home of the Drive is undergoing a $13 million enhancement project that will take the fan experience to the next level. The all-new Fluor Field will be one step closer to reality when the Drive host their annual Hot Stove event on Wednesday, February 1st at 5:30 PM at the all-new Embassy Suites in Downtown Greenville.
The special guests for the Drive’s Hot Stove event are Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett, Drive Manager Darren Fenster, former Drive pitcher Jamie Callahan, and former Drive infielder Mitchell Gunsolus.
The Hot Stove event is complimentary for all fans to attend, and food and drink will be provided all evening long. Fans will have the opportunity to speak with Crockett, Fenster, Callahan and Gunsolus before the speaking portion of the event, which will also feature Drive Owner/Team President Craig Brown and General Manager Eric Jarinko.
“Our Hot Stove event is always special to us, as it signifies how close baseball is to returning to Greenville, but this year’s event will be extra special as we highlight the incredible updates coming to Fluor Field,” said Jarinko. “We couldn’t be happier to host our dedicated Drive fans and show them the new features that will provide them with a whole new experience this season.”
“We are also thrilled to host Ben, Darren, Jamie and Mitchell for the Hot Stove event. The Red Sox player development system has produced significant talent in the past few seasons, and Ben has played a major role in getting these talented players ready for the major leagues while Darren has assisted greatly during their stints with the Drive. Jamie and Mitchell were outstanding players and representatives of our organization while in Greenville, and we are glad to have them on hand.”
Crockett is beginning his sixth season as the Red Sox Director of Player Development, and he has been a member of the Boston organization since 2007. During his time with the Red Sox, Crockett has helped develop homegrown talent on the Red Sox roster, including Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Andrew Benintendi and many more.
The 2017 season will be Fenster’s sixth in the Red Sox organization. He has served as the Drive’s manager since 2014, and he was the hitting coach in Greenville in 2012. In his tenure with the Drive, Fenster has worked closely with talented players such as Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers, Manuel Margot and more.
Callahan has been a member of the Boston organization since 2012, when he was selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the MLB Draft out of Dillon High School in South Carolina. He was a member of the Drive pitching staff in 2014-15, where he combined to strike out 183 batters in 193 innings.
Gunsolus was drafted by the Red Sox in the ninth round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Gonzaga University. As a member of the Drive roster in 2016, Gunsolus was selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, where he started at third base for the Southern Division and won the Hitting Challenge. He smacked 11 homers with the Drive last season and drove in 45 runs.
The speaking portion of the Hot Stove event will feature an update of the Fluor Field enhancement project, including Green Monster seats, the Front Porch – an all-new season ticket holder lounge located just off the concourse, the Champions Club presented by Hubbell Lighting – a 3,700 square foot space on the suite level, the Rooftop at Fluor Field – the newest space for group outings with an incredible view of Downtown and Drive baseball, and updates to the Main Street and Field Street plazas.
The speaking portion of the event will also feature Crockett highlighting the state of the Red Sox at both the major league and minor league levels, as well as giving Drive fans some insight on what to expect on the field in 2017. The event will close with a Q&A session featuring all four special guests, Brown and Jarinko.
“As the 2017 season at Fluor Field gets that much closer, our Hot Stove event will amplify the excitement around the ballpark,” said Brown. “We couldn’t be happier to host Ben, Darren, Jamie and Mitchell in Greenville, as they are all outstanding individuals, and we look forward to updating our fans on the Fluor Field enhancements. The passion that our front office and the City of Greenville have put into these enhancements is incredible, and we look forward to sharing that passion with our fans as we prepare for our most exciting season to date in 2017.”
Ticket plans, group outings, and hospitality accommodations are currently on sale for the 2017 season. Call (864) 240-4500 to speak with a representative or log onto to www.GreenvilleDrive.com for more information.