Suspended Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly finds creative way to spend time with team

It’s never easy on a ballplayer when he gets suspended during the season. It’s especially harder if that player is a starting pitcher.

You already know you’re only going to see action once every few days, so you make up the time by building up relationships in the clubhouse. Your teammates become your family. Your stadium becomes your home. Your routine becomes everything else. So you can imagine the disappointment that comes with being told you’re not allowed around your own team for a number of days.

That’s even the case for guys like Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly, who was suspended for six games after brawling with the New York Yankees.

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Apr 11, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) slams his bat before charging the mound during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) starts a scrum with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly (56) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) is escorted off of the field after a scrum against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) is held back during a scrum against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) starts a scrum with Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly (56) during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Benches clear as Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after fighting with Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees after hitting him with a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Christian Vazquez #7 of the Boston Red Sox tries to hold back Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees as he storms the pitchers mound after being stuck by a pitch thrown by Joe Kelly #56 during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees reacts as he is ejected from the game after being hit by a pitch by Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: From top left, Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees, Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees and Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox separate Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox, bottom, from Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees, not pictured, during a fight in the seventh inning at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Austin rushed the mound after being struck by a pitch from Kelly. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox after being struck by a pitch Kelly threw during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Boston Red Sox, right, works to separate Joe Kelly #56 and Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Austin rushed the mound after being struck by a pitch from Kelly. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after Tyler Austin #26 was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after Tyler Austin #26 was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after Tyler Austin #26 was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: From left, Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox, Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees, Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees and Rafael Devers #11 of the Red Sox work to separate a fight involving Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox and Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Austin rushed the mound after being struck by a pitch thrown by Kelly. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Christian Vazquez #7 of the Boston Red Sox tries to hold back Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees as he storms the pitchers mound after being stuck by a pitch thrown by Joe Kelly #56 during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after Tyler Austin #26 was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after Tyler Austin #26 was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights with Joe Kelly #46 of the Boston Red Sox after being hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of a game on April 11, 2018 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The play led to a benches clearing argument. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Boston Red Sox, right, works to separate Joe Kelly #56 and Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Austin rushed the mound after being struck by a pitch from Kelly. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees fights Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: From left, Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox, Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees and Rafael Devers #11 work to separate a fight involving Joe Kelly #56 of the Boston Red Sox and Tyler Austin #26 of the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Austin rushed the mound after being struck by a pitch thrown by Kelly. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Kelly officially started his suspension on Thursday night and by Sunday had already found a nice little loophole in the rulebook. No one said he couldn’t buy a ticket to Fenway Park and watch his teammates from the stands, after all.

Now that is some love for the game.

It makes you wonder how many fans truly recognized him as they were walking around the ballpark. It’d also give him a chance to heckle some players without any immediate consequences. He might even be one of the few fans who could taunt an opposing player about being a bum and actually have the talent to back it up.

The only thing questionable here is the seat selection. You almost wish he’d taken up a spot right behind home plate. Let Kelly see if he can get inside the heads of the players from up close like any other fan. Really push the envelope of what’s allowed.

As for what took place on the field, Boston defeated Tampa Bay, 4-3, to continue its absurd start to the season. The Red Sox are now 20-7 and owners of the best record in baseball. With a team that hot, it’s no wonder Kelly wanted to spend his day off at the ballpark.

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Blake Schuster is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at blakeschuster@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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