However, in the off-season, Hanigan was traded by the Reds to the Tampa Bay Rays.
So, the former Golden Warrior and Rollins College star would not only visit Fenway, but he will take on his hometown team 19 times during the 2014 season.
And no one is happier to have Hanigan in a Tampa Bay uniform than Rays manager and two-time American League Manager of the Year Joe Maddon.
“Ryan has been a very refreshing addition to this team,” Maddon said. “I love the way he goes about his business. He cares as much as anyone could care about the game. His attention to the pitching staff is incredible. The thought that he will be here for three more years is great because he is very, very good.”
While Hanigan had never played a professional game at Fenway Park until last week, he is no stranger to the 102-year-old ballpark.
“I went to so many games when I was young,” he said. “I would go to the park with friends and family, catch a game then go out afterward. Ever since I was a little kid, it was a great place to watch a game, and I loved the Red Sox.”
His mother remembers her son’s excitement of going to Fenway as a kid.
“Fenway is a very special place to us because we live so close,” she said. “We have been looking forward to him playing at Fenway for a long time.”
Hanigan actually had taken the field at Fenway Park twice before, prior to his professional baseball career.
“I actually played there once in high school for a Mass. state team against Connecticut,” he said. “Then I played for the Cape Cod All-Star team. I had the chance to walk around the field, and it was special.”