The Red Sox have certainly upgraded their roster, so the dramatic offseason construction work at the club's home park has largely been ignored. But Larry Lucchino is letting the cat out of the bag, one paw at a time.
Fenway Park is in the midst of renovations, including the addition of three new video boards.
“We made a lot of proposals with changes this offseason. A ton of them have been approved and are under way," Lucchino said. "We’ve got about $40 million worth of work under way. This one [moving the right-field wall] did not pass mustard and we’re going to re-examine and see if we can come up with some alternative plans that might give us a chance to have a more safer and more competitive bullpen facility.
“It’s down the road somewhere. We have enough to do this year, believe me. Our fans are going to be pleasantly surprised when they come to the ballpark and see the three video boards in center field and the improvements with the access and mobility around the ballpark, the new seats down the right-field line. It’s going to be a full offseason when it comes to the construction work.”
But that's not all that Lucchino is unveiling! Larry reveals this year's slogan, which hearkens back to an old one (so says the article):
“These are exciting times: You gotta be there.”
That does beat last year's catchphrase: "The Bridge Year: We're sorta meh about this whole thing. Don't get us wrong. We'd be thrilled if we won, but we're probably not going to. So watch out!"
Meanwhile, the Yankees have yet to announce their rallying cry, although there are rumors of a front office conflict over the issue. Randy Levine and the Steinbrenners supposedly want "Championship or you're fired!" Brian Cashman's prefers "Don't know what you've got until it's gone."