Red Sox have started Spring Training with guns blazing.
Red Sox hot prospect Bryce Brentz shot himself in the leg last month while cleaning one of his myriad weapons.
Though this sort of careless gun care is usually reserved for NFL players at discos and NBA players on airplanes, the Red Sox have broken new ground with a player who said he was cleaning his gun and, surprise, it went off.
The Red Sox have told the young prospect named Bryce Brentz that he was extremely lucky. Actually, the luck all belongs to the Red Sox. This lame duck could have killed a teammate or even himself.
In an age when gun control is at the top of the list of everyone wearing a pink hat, Brentz has won fans from the diehard list.
The Sox admitted they have no policy for shooters on the team. Avid sportsmen often shoot themselves apparently, and no policy is needed.
Brentz will not be at spring training, and some wags have suggested this was his way to avoid having to play on a team that has shot itself in the foot several times in recent seasons.
The NRA has come to Brentz's defense and demand he be placed on the roster and be allowed to wear a holster in the dugout.
Until now Sox players have primarily advocated concealed weapons. The lineup generally has concealed all weapons in every game.
Ben Cherington, oblivious and supercilious GM, seemed unfazed with nearly having a dead rookie on his hands.