The State of Massachusetts gave John Henry and the Red Sox a Dikembe Mutombo style finger wagging yesterday, denying them the tax credits they planned on using to move the fences in by nine feet. As a result of this, the renovation has been placed on hold indefinitely.
Not really the best PR move for the Sox, since they cited safety concerns as their primary reason for moving in the fences.
The whole idea seemed odd in the first place. If anyone can find any records of an injury caused by the “narrow bullpen” in the 100 year history of Fenway Park, please let me know.
- The catcher picked up by Sox on waivers, Max Ramirez, is out of options and will need to pass through waivers (again) in order to be sent to the minors. Note, this is the guy who came very close to being traded for Mike Lowell early in the 2010 season.
- From the same article liked above, the Sox currently have the 19th and 26th overall picks in this year’s Amateur Draft, in addition to two sandwich picks (three if a team signs Felipe Lopez).
- I’m a day late on this, but as you’ve heard, Boston Herald sportswriter Steve Buckley announced that he was gay yesterday. Bold move, considering a large chunk of the Herald’s target community considers traits like “progressive” and “educated” to be bad things. I can’t imagine it will be fun for him to work in the same building as Howie Carr and friends. Best of luck to WEEI’s baseball trivia king.