Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly

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Suspended Joe Kelly Enjoyed Sunday's Game From Fenway Park's Bleachers

The former Cardinals pitcher is serving a 6-game suspension for his role in a brawl between his Red Sox and the Yankees.

April 30, 2018 - 8:27 am

Joe Kelly wasn't allowed in the Boston Red Sox dugout or bullpen, per his six-game suspension which began last week. On Sunday, instead of staying in the team suite, he decided to take in the game with the fans. 

The pitcher went out and sat in the outfield bleachers at Fenway Park during Boston's 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Some fans took photos of and with him: 

Kelly, formerly a relief pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, is apparently a very superstitious guy. He told Boston's WEEI after the game that he was moving to different spots around the stadium to change his team's on-field luck.

"I was in the suite and we weren’t getting any runs and we were losing so I moved and went out to the bleachers. We got a couple of runs. I moved to another location and that didn’t work, so I moved to the Sam Adams Party Deck and we ended up getting the runs. Then I watched the rest, when Craig Kimbrel came in, from the State Street Pavilion. I had to change locations. I was getting superstitious."

Not only did Kelly's hard work payoff in a win. He also says he enjoyed his time around the historic ballpark:

"There are no bad seats. There are literally no bad seats. I sat way far away and everything looked good. I’m like, ‘I can watch the game here.’ It’s not that far away. It’s a good point of view everywhere."

He has two games left in his sentence, but there's no word yet on if Kelly will again roam the bleachers for Monday and/or Tuesday's games against the Kansas City Royals.