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New Fenway 

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."

22 comments… add one

  • That’s cool. I wonder what the video boards will look like? Do they replace the old one?
    Man, I want this season to start yesterday.

    Brad January 21, 2011, 10:15 am
  • Just knock that old piece of crap stadium down and build a shiny new one…
    gulp. ;)

    krueg January 21, 2011, 10:38 am
  • I thought Cashman had a slogan of his own — “Get the f*ck out of my office, Hank”.

    SF January 21, 2011, 10:59 am
  • “…might give us a chance to have a more safer and more competitive bullpen facility…”
    what does that mean exactly to have a more “competetive” bullpen?
    wait a minute:
    “…you gotta be there…”
    “you gotta be – lieve”
    the mets may have a copyright infringement lawsuit here…
    “Just knock that old piece of crap stadium down and build a shiny new one…”
    glad i wasn’t the one that said it krueg, but, yeah…

    dc January 21, 2011, 11:00 am
  • You’d think after all that bloodshed from the botched robbery they’d feel a little creepy still playing baseball there…I know I’ll never be able to look at that place the same again.
    ;)
    “If we get jammed up, we’re holding court on the street.”

    John - YF January 21, 2011, 11:30 am
  • ust knock that old piece of crap stadium down and build a shiny new one…
    Aww, come on, guys. New Yankee Stadium isn’t that old. Though, granted, there hasn’t been a championship team hasn’t called it home in more than a year.
    And, seriously: “pass mustard”?? NOT. A. PHRASE.
    It’s “pass muster,” derived from troops going through inspection. I swear, people involved with sports mangle more idioms than anyone else. Like the foolishness of someone getting “untracked.” It’s “on track,” people. Not that hard to figure out.

    Paul SF January 21, 2011, 2:29 pm
  • actually the phrase i use is “pass the catsup” or kechup…not a big fan of mustard on my hot dogs, although it is the way to go with pastrami…

    dc January 21, 2011, 3:28 pm
  • mustard on my hot dogs..
    Jesus. I had no issue with this thread until this point. What the hell, man?

    Brad January 21, 2011, 3:40 pm
  • pass the dutchie?

    SF January 21, 2011, 3:41 pm
  • Now you are talking MY language SF… :)
    Mustard rules.

    krueg January 21, 2011, 3:45 pm
  • For the record, I hate mustard. More than i hate Glen Beck.
    (But I should acknowledge that I make it a rule not to hate people, no matter how boorish and detestable their words and actions may be. That rule does not apply to condiments, ergo… hatred for mustard > hatred for Glen Beck.)

    Paul SF January 21, 2011, 3:51 pm
  • I used to hate mustard, only ate hot dogs with ketchup. I have morphed – mustard on hot dogs (with chopped onions, if possible) and DEFINITELY mustard on pastrami and corned beef. But only brown deli mustard, none of this fluorescent yellow French’s shit.

    SF January 21, 2011, 5:05 pm
  • I was pretty sauced at the Stadium over the summer (The Boss/Voice of God game) and put hot sauce on my hot dog thinking it was ketchup…whoops. It wasn’t bad though honestly. Any food at that point was good!
    We seem to be kindred spirits Paul after all…I would prefer you love the Sox and hate that other bullshit so in spite of all my posts against your words, I think now I have a lot of respect for you and will overlook your Yankee hatred… ;)

    krueg January 21, 2011, 6:01 pm
  • SF, I do not like yellow mustard at all. All my research indicates that it was outlawed by the Geneva convention but then the French family pulled a fast one and made it a condiment. That said, I have a recipe that involves cheap mustard that just may change your mind.

    attackgerbil January 21, 2011, 6:05 pm
  • I like: Brown Deli Mustard, Hot Dogs, Pastrami and Palin.
    I dislike: Yellow Mustard.
    There you have, seems like we are all on the same page ;)

    John - YF January 22, 2011, 9:37 am
  • “Palin”
    skip the mustard…pass the whipped cream

    dc January 22, 2011, 10:52 am
  • I like Michael Palin, too, but John Cleese was always my favorite.
    We seem to be kindred spirits Paul after all…I would prefer you love the Sox and hate that other bullshit so in spite of all my posts against your words, I think now I have a lot of respect for you and will overlook your Yankee hatred… ;)
    It’s always good to have common ground somewhere. :-)

    Paul SF January 22, 2011, 2:13 pm
  • “…I like Michael Palin, too, but John Cleese was always my favorite….”
    um, well ok paul…uh, not that there’s anything wrong with that… ;)

    dc January 22, 2011, 2:55 pm
  • > mustard
    Mustard is THE ONLY CONDIMENT that belongs on a hot dog. Jeebus, what is WRONG with you people?

    attackgerbil January 22, 2011, 3:19 pm
  • I got so angry about mustard that I just can’t make up my mind on relish and grilled onions and chili and cheese and I think it might take me two or three months to figure out that the hot dogs have already been sold to other ballparks.

    attackgerbil January 22, 2011, 3:23 pm
  • But it least the Yankees locked in a year of Soriano, an aging mystery in Jones, and the wistful scent of Albert?

    attackgerbil January 22, 2011, 3:31 pm
  • Crap. Food metaphor. FJM would not be pleased.

    attackgerbil January 22, 2011, 3:35 pm

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