Two years ago I reported back from Camden Yards in Baltimore how great the stadium was and how the needed to get rid of Fenway. I just got back from Miami and Marlins Ballpark and I have to say once again, it’s time for a new ballpark in Boston.
Marlins Ballpark wasn’t that big. In fact at capacity it only holds about 3,000 more people than Fenway but the difference is those people are comfortable in Miami. Opposed to sitting with their knees jammed into someone’s back, staring at the bleachers because your seats face the wrong way, or stuck sitting behind a pole.
I bring all this up because I know I’m in the minority with people that love Fenway. You love Fenway from TV or in the $200 EMC Club seats. You don’t love it when you’re sitting in the grandstands, staring at the center field bleachers with some guys knees in your back, spilling beer on you. God forbid you’re in the middle of the row and have to go the bathroom, then you’re making 32 other people get up that all give you attitude about it.
I bring this up because last week it was rumored that the Sox are exploring selling the team. Well, I made it extremely clear the last time they went up for sale that whoever bought the team would need to build a new ballpark. Said ballpark could have the same dimensions on the field as the existing Fenway but it would need a retractable roof (like Seattle or Miami where I just was).
When John Henry ever said that Uncle Larry isn’t going anywhere, that was it. He’s not going to dump his friend, nope, instead he’ll bring him on whatever journey he does next.
I pray in my heart of hearts that the team goes up for sale soon. I don’t care if it’s $2 billion dollars or whatever they want to sell it for. I hope someone with some balls buys the team. Someone with balls that says, Fenway’s cute and all but we need a bigger stadium that can make so it’s not $20 to sit in the bleachers. Someone like Mark Cuban comes to mind. I’d support him as an owner in a millisecond.
Of course John Henry denies they’ve looked into selling the team. But didn’t they shed a ton of payroll right before he sold the Marlins? Yeah, the same Marlins that just built this brand new stadium after Henry was gone?
Yup. So get on your yacht, sail to England, watch your soccer team, and leave Boston in your wake. We’ll pick up the broken pieces you’ve left behind, and with Uncle Larry out of the picture and possibly a new park, we’ll be in a better place.