From summonses to sky-high expectations, Red Sox welcome the problems brought on by a World Series title


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MESA, Ariz. — Boston Red Sox reliever Ryan Brasier, the greatest rags-to-riches story in the Red Sox’s glorious World Series run last year, opened the envelope. He read it. Put it down. Read it again. And still couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

A congratulatory note? An autograph request?

An invitation to be honored by his hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas?


A summons from the Wichita Falls school system.

He and his wife, Shaina, were being ordered to court to explain why Kolten Brasier, their 8-year-old son, missed 21 days of school last fall.

He was in danger of being expelled.


“We get home, see the court summons,’’ Brasier told USA TODAY Sports, “and it was like, “’What the hell?’ It was the dumbest thing I heard in my life. It was ridiculous. We even had to hire a lawyer. It was a debacle.

“It wasn’t like we just weren’t sending him to school. There was a reason he wasn’t in school.’’

Yes, there was a World Series to be won, and Brasier wasn’t about to deprive his…

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