BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox principal owner John Henry spoke yesterday at spring training to the assembled media about, among other things, David Ortiz’s contract situation and the life expectancy of Fenway Park.
Henry thinks America’s Most Beloved Ballpark has an expiration date of about thirty more years.
Johnston and Haggerty, filling in for Toucher and Rich, discussed the comment Thursday morning.
“Basically it’s pretty much something for the next owner to deal with,” said Ryan Johnston.
Based on the amount of money this ownership group of Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino have spent on renovating the century-old Boston landmark, Joe Haggerty doesn’t blame him in the least for not wanting to drop even more cash in upgrades.
That, plus Henry’s legacy would be at stake.
“It makes sense on a couple different levels. It’s a lot of money that they’ve put in and they’ve done the most that they can to update the ballpark, so why would you build another one after you’ve sunk all that money into Fenway? That’s A, and B I don’t think he wants to be remembered as the owner who shut down Fenway Park. He definitely wants to leave that for somebody else.”
Ryan Johnston thinks Robert Kraft has the perfect model down in Foxborough of owning the stadium plus the shops and the land surrounding it.
It would be more of an upfront investment, but if the Red Sox owners could figure out a way (and find a location) to make that a reality then business-wise it would be better in the long run.
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