Villages Red Sox Nation flocks to Lakeland to see BoSox take on Tigers

More than 100 ardent fans from Red Sox Nation attended Thursday’s BoSox-Tigers game in Lakeland.

The club’s members agreed that the game was thrilling, even though it ended in a tie. The attendance of 9,952 also broke a record.

More than 100 members of the Red Sox Nation club in The Villages traveled to Lakeland Thursday to see their favorite team play the Detroit Tigers.

Many Red Sox regulars played in the spring training game, including World Series MVP Steve Pearce (who homered), Eduardo Rodriguez, Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Andrew Benintendi, Heath Hembree and Rafael Devers.

Also, a Red Sox Nation guest speaker, Umpire Joe West, worked the second and third bases. Sox fans also sang “Sweet Caroline.”

Many Red Sox regulars played in Thursday’s spring training game against the Tigers, including World Series MVP Steve Pearce, Eduardo Rodriguez, Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Andrew Benintendi, Heath Hembree and Rafael Devers.

Red Sox Nation’s next meetings are Thursday, March 21, at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. at SeaBreeze Recreation Center. Red Sox historian Gordon Edes will be the featured speaker.

Edes is a part of the Red Sox’s front office and has covered the team for the Boston Globe and ESPN.com for 18 years. This is a pre-registered event only. Doors open 15 minutes before the meeting. To register, see the website redsox-villages.com. For membership information or to join, email Lou Emond at members@redsox-vilages.com.

The members of Red Sox Nation who attended Thursday’s game in Lakeland help set a spring training attendance record of 9,952.