If the Boston Red Sox go on to win the 2018 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, they might want to thank the extra sleep they’ve been getting.
That’s because the Sawx decided to install a ‘sleep room’ for players/trainers/coaches to take a nap during the day, when they get a bit of downtime.
Adjacent to the gym next to the Fenway Park home clubhouse, two bunk beds contain four queen-sized mattresses along with a handful of blankets and pillows for anybody in the organization that feels like they need a little time to themselves.
So are players using it, you ask? You bet they are. Steve Pearce used it before hitting a double off Houston ace Gerrit Cole and scoring the tying run during the Game 2 win in the AL Championship Series.
“I was like, I am exhausted. I went upstairs and I took a nap. I didn’t even hit BP that day,” he remembered. “Don’t fight. Just go take a nap, and that’s actually better for you than trying to play a game running on fumes.”
“Comfy beds, comfy pillows. Really dark. It’s a good area if you want some peace and quiet,” All-Star infielder and outfielder Brock Holt said. “It’s a good place to have just to kind of wind down and get out of all the hustle and bustle, what’s going around the clubhouse, and just kind of get some quiet time.”
The 12×12 room features ambient light from a blocked out window along with yellow lights and an air duct, both of which help bring forth a soothing ‘white noise’ for easier and deeper sleep patterns.