Boston Red Sox

By Matt McCarthy,

Who knew Texas took education so seriously?

After helping the Red Sox win the World Series last year, reliever Ryan Brasier received a court summons from the Wichita Falls, Texas school system because his 8-year-old son had missed school while watching his dad pitch in the playoffs.

Brasier detailed the story to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

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

The school system was threatening to expel Brasier’s son, who is in first grade.

“It was the dumbest thing I heard in my life. It was ridiculous,” Brasier told Nightengale. “We even had to hire a lawyer. It was a debacle.”

According to the right-hander, the matter has since been resolved, and he is prepared to unenroll and then reenroll his son in school back home in Texas should the Red Sox make another run in October.

[It’s] kind of stupid,” Brasier said of the steps his family will need to take with the school system to have his son watch him pitch again in the playoffs, “but, hey, I’d love to do this all over again.’’

Don’t mess with Texas, especially when it comes to attending first grade.

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