Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit

By Neil Demause; Joanna Cagan | Go to book overview

16 Saving Fenway

If there isn't a new ballpark by 2006, there more than likely
won't be any Boston Red Sox.—Boston Globe columnist Bob
Ryan, April 11
, 2000

On a Sunday in May 1999, the Boston Globe ran a special section titled “Fenway: A New Pitch.” Inside, the Globe detailed the Boston Red Sox's plans to tear down Fenway Park, the team's home of eighty-seven years, and build a half-billion-dollar replacement across the street. This, the Globe coverage made clear, was all for the best. “Proposed $545m ballpark to retain cherished details,” read the lead headline; the accompanying story, by reporters Gregg Krupa and Meg Vaillancourt, raved that the new stadium “mimics so many characteristic details of the beloved current stadium that the team even plans to dig up some of the old turf and play on it in the new facility.” Another story described neighborhood response to the new ballpark proposal as “quiet admiration for the proposal's aesthetic dimension,” despite some “fresh questions over how ordinary life in the area would be affected.” Those who argued in favor of keeping the old ballpark were described as expressing “nostalgic melancholy that a legendary institution would be irreparably altered.”

Baseball columnist Dan Shaughnessy, coauthor of a Fenway Park “biography,” wrote: “Leaving Fenway isn't going to be easy

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Preface to the New Edition xi
  • Introduction - The View from the Cheap Seats xiii
  • 1: A Tale of Two Inner Cities 1
  • 2: Stealing Home 27
  • 3: Ball Barons 42
  • 4: The Art of the Steal 62
  • 5: Deus Ex Pizza 83
  • 6: Home Field Advantage 103
  • 7: Local Heroes 119
  • 8: Bad Neighbors 136
  • 9: Repeat Offenders 160
  • 10: The Bucks Stop Here 182
  • 11: Winning Isn't Everything 194
  • 12: One Year 198
  • 13: The Art of the Steal Revisited 225
  • 14: Youppi! Come Home 247
  • 15: The Perfect Storm 272
  • 16: Saving Fenway 318
  • Acknowledgments 341
  • Notes 347
  • Index 389
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