Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Schilling, Arroyo looking good.
Bronson Arroyo went six strong innings to get the win in Boston's 7-3 victory over Derek Lowe and the LA Dodgers. Lowe let up only two runs on a two run shot by Kevin Youkilis, but still took the loss.
The current Red Sox ownership has no plans for a new stadium. I've always been torn on this issue. On the one hand, Fenway is a fantastic place to watch a ball game. It has more charactor and more recognizable features than any other stadium in the league. It has a history and it has a unique charm. On the other hand it'd be nice if the Sox were able to add another 15,000 seats in a new stadium. Perhaps that would make tickets a bit cheaper and easier to come by. Besides that, the stadium is pretty old. A nice, new park with all the mordern features could be a positive thing. I honestly have very little to compare Fenway to. The only other ballpark I've been to is Yankee Stadium, a place that I am completely unimpressed with. I'll be heading down to Baltimore to catch a game this year so I'll be able to see what a new ballpark looks like. All that, however, is besides the point. The Red Sox would like to improve upon Fenway and the surrounding neighborhood instead of building a whole new park. The team is looking to add more parking, a subway station on Yawkey Way, improved streets and sidewalks, and a cleaner environment.
On a final note....
A picture of Lowe in another team's uniform is a beautiful thing.
As negative as that sounds, if they can make the improvements, than I'll be happy that they stay in Fenway.
Kellen, I do agree about how history doesn't affect going today. Some people look at me like I'm nuts when I tell them how very unimpressive Yankee Stadium is. They'll say something stupid about how much history is has and how many great players have played there..... Silly me, I thought it was just a generic, ugly place filled with New Yorkers... History is a very, very minor reason on why I like Fenway. I mostly just don't want someone to build a new park in Boston and screw everything up. I don't want a park that looks like every other park in baseball.
One thing that isn't really brought up much is something you just mentioned. Do you have any idea how tough it will be to come up with a new park for the Sox? If it's an exact replica of Fenway with more modern amenities people will wonder why we just didn't stay and build modern stuff around the history. If you build a "retro" park like the ones of the last decade that have been modeled after Fenway it will feel like every other park in the majors and it will feel like a cheap rip off. The huge stadiums lack charm. So if you're setting out to build a new park, where do you go?