BOSTON, MA — After announcing on Tuesday that the Red Sox will continue to play at Fenway Park for the long-term future, owners John Henry and Tom Werner additionally confirmed Wednesday that the team’s decision comes with no conditions. However, team officials did state that they hope to see the neighborhood improvements pledged by the city of Boston but later scuttled by budget concerns.
“Transit improvements would be good for the neighborhood. Parking improvements would be good for the neighborhood. People have been talking about those for a long time,” said team president Larry Lucchino. “(But) this is a no-strings-attached commitment.”
Manager Terry Francona was delighted when reporters gave him the news that the team was to continue improving Fenway instead of looking for another ballpark. “I commend our ownership for being smart enough to know that the place we play in may be the best in baseball,” Francona said. “And I still have the best shower in the league.” That may have been a little too much information.