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(NECN: Greg Wayland, Boston) – The Red Sox remain on the road for their next few games, but, come Monday, it’s home opener time for Boston!
Friday, we got a sneak peak of what’s new at Fenway.
It’s the ritual before the ritual. Boston Mayor Tom Menino went to Fenway to inspect the off-season enhancements and improvements to the park. This one was made more poignant by the fact that this was Menino’s last official visit. Mayor Menino says he will be back to Fenway but not as mayor.
There was a big taste test in the Champion’s Club, including some sushi.
Mayor Menino says he predicts this Red Sox team to give him his last hurrah come November with a rolling rally as Red Sox as world champions.
Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino says he’s not as much of a predictor as the mayor but there’s nothing he’d like better than to salute the mayor on his way out with a great season and a championship.
“That would be fantastic and fitting,” Lucchino said.
“I want to ride in one of those ducks, I never rode in one,” the Mayor said.
Minor enhancements to the park include big screen TV’s and thinner mesh behind home plate.
Also on Friday, it was announced that the Red Sox public address announcement duties during the season would go to Dick Flavin, Henry Mahegan and Bob Lobel. The team has been seeking a replacement after longtime announcer Carl Beane passed away during the 2012 season.
The Red Sox open their second series of the season in Toronto at 7 p.m. Friday.