Thursday, January 08, 2009
More Than Ever, We Need A New Fenway Park
The dramatic and depressing loss of free-agent Mark Teixeira again throws the spotlight on the 800-pound gorilla that may tarnish the otherwise brilliant legacy of this new ownership group—the failure to provide a 21-century venue for the fans of the Boston Red Sox. If you needed further proof of the economic necessity of a New Fenway, just read John Henry's words: "... with a new stadium filled with revenue opportunities, they have leaped away from us again." Indeed. And what does that mean on a practical basis? No matter how lustful Young Theo is for a given player, the Empire has the financial wherewithal to blow us out of the water. They can charge $1200 for one box seat in their palatial new digs, while we slave-drive Janet Marie Smith to creatively shoe-horn 38,000 into a near 100-year old relic. A cool relic, to be sure. But a relic nonetheless. I love Fenway Park as much as anyone—I grew up watching Ted Williams and Frank Malzone and Jackie Jensen play there. But even my experiences were half a century ago! When will we finally face up to the need for a bright, new spacious replica of Fenway Park? Perhaps, when the next ownership group finds itself perennially in the cellar of the AL East with no fans and no future.
Posted by Ernie Paicopolos at 5:10 PM