BOSTON >> One of the most famous season-ticket holders of the Boston Red Sox is grumbling about new safety netting at Fenway Park meant to protect fans from foul balls and flying bats.

Horror novelist Stephen King says in an opinion piece published Monday in The Boston Globe ( ) that the netting is "one more step toward taking the taste and texture out of the game I care for above all others."

He wrote there's "something almost ludicrous about wrapping America's baseball stadiums in protective gauze when any idiot with a grudge can buy a gun and shoot a bunch of people."

MLB began requiring last season that fans in all ballparks go through metal detectors at all entrance gates.

The Red Sox, at the recommendation of league officials, installed the nets for this season after fans were seriously injured last season by bats and balls flying into the stands.