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Get to know the Red Sox chief operating officer

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

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Brookline native Sam Kennedy is chief operating officer of the Boston Red Sox and president of Fenway Sports Management, the marketing arm of the Sox’s parent company. John Henry, the principal owner of the Red Sox, owns the Boston Globe.

With Opening Day approaching, Globe reporter Callum Borchers spoke with Kennedy at the team’s 102-year-old ballpark. Here’s what he found out.

1. Kennedy grew up barely a mile from Fenway Park, and his earliest memories are of watching Red Sox games on the shoulders of his father, an Episcopal priest who was eligible for $2 standing-room tickets under a special discount program the team ran for clergy members.

“We probably came to 20 or 30 games a year, standing in Section 25,” Kennedy said.

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