800px-Fenway_Park02After a long winter, you’d think Boston would be fired up for the return of the Red Sox. Instead, Red Sox Nation’s attitude toward its team is about as blah as a raw, gray January day. For the first time in recent memory, Red Sox fans are approaching this season with a new sensation: lowered expectations. At least those reduced hopes are coming with reduced concession prices. For the month of April, the team is offering $5 drafts (albeit in smaller cups), two-for-one hot dogs, and free kids’ meals through the third inning. One other piece of good news for Sox fans: tickets will be much easier to come by this year. The record sellout streak that dates back to 2003 will likely end early in the season, and the price of tickets on the secondary market has been plunging. According to The Boston 

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Globe, the average ticket price for the Sox home opener has nearly dived by 50% this year compared to 2010. So, who knows? This could be a good year for getting out to Fenway. And the one benefit of lowered expectations is you probably won’t be disappointed.

Christopher Klein is the author of The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston and Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores. He is a regular contributor to the travel pages of The Boston Globe, and his articles and photographs have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, The Boston Globe Magazine, New England Travel, GO Magazine, AAA Horizons, Smithsonian.com, AmericanHeritage.com, and ESPN.com.