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School offering chances to see Sox.

Byline: John Weeks

CLINTON - Clinton Middle School Principal Michael Vetros has not watched a Red Sox game since Oct. 1, 1983. That was the day legendary Red Sox slugger Carl "Yaz" Yastrzemski took his final at bat on the hallowed ground of Fenway Park.

"I grew up with Yaz," Vetros said. "I watched him from the '60s on. I was one of those crazy fans. I worshipped the guy. When he retired, I lost all interest in the game."

Vetros may no longer feel the torrential desire to sit in a Fenway seat, munch on a Fenway frank or a Sports Bar and watch the boys of Boston do battle with any and all comers, but he figures the town is filled with fans who do.

"We had two Red Sox tickets anonymously donated to the middle school," Vetros said. "They are for a game on Sept. 8, at Fenway Park, between the Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. We will be raffling them off."

With the Red Sox chasing the Rays for first place in the American League East division, the Sept. 8 game may turn out to be a highly charged and defining moment in the 2008 season. Raffle tickets go on sale Monday at the middle school; $5 gets you one chance at the tickets while $10 gets you three chances. You can purchase as many chances as you want and all the proceeds will benefit the Clinton Middle School Student Activity Account.

The winner and a guest will ride to the game in style. An Escalade style limousine from A Perfect Limo will pick them up at the middle school and escort them to Fenway Park. After the game, when a designated driver often becomes truly important, the limo will bring the fans back to the middle school.

"The chances will be on sale Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. until school starts," Vetros said. "In addition, on Wednesday, July 30, chances will be available at the middle school from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, Aug. 27, chances will be on sale at the middle school from 6 to 8 p.m."

Tickets are also available at The Item office, 156 Church St., Clinton.

Once school begins, students will be allowed to purchase chances, both for themselves and on behalf of family and friends, but the general public will not be allowed to come by the school since classes will be in session.

"We will draw the winner on Wednesday, Sept. 2," Vetros said. "I will have a student do the drawing so everyone knows this is all above board. Along with the tickets, we also have two baseballs to raffle off. One is a memorabilia ball that commemorates the 2007 World Champion Red Sox. The second ball is signed by Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino. The winner gets it all, the tickets and the balls. I think it's going to be pretty hard getting tickets to that game."

Tampa Bay was in first place, with the Red Sox half a game behind in second place, at the time The Item went to press.



CUTLINE: These Red Sox/Tampa Bay tickets, along with a memorabilia World Series 2007 baseball and a baseball signed by Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino, will be raffled off by the Clinton Middle School come September. The items are pictured here with a signed photo of Carl Yastrzemski's last at bat. The photo is the pride and joy of Middle School Principal Michael Vetros and will not be raffled.
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Date:Jul 25, 2008
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