Little Fenway: Uncovered


Little Fenway: Uncovered

By Justin Aucoin

The Red Sox recently announced they'll be building a new spring training facility in Lee Country for 2012. The new stadiumtraining complex will have a replica Green Monster and the same dimensions as Fenway Park.

Makes sense. If you're going to spend half your season in an oddly shaped park, you might as well practice in one.

The yet to be named -- but already nicknamed "Little Fenway" or "Fenway South" -- park will house 11,000 fans, which is up from the current 7,500 seats. Many Sox fans are dying to learn more about this new ballpark.

Luckily, we can help.

We've been bugging the Red Sox front offices for over a year now and even sent CSN reporter Mike Giardi a highly trained secret agent to learn more about the Sox's new spring time home.

Fenway Shakedown: Like in Boston, the Lee County Fenway will provide overpriced and undervlued food to patrons, such as 6 bottled water and 5 Fenway Franks (condiments are extra).

Listen, this place isn't going to pay for itself.

Similarly, spring training game tickets will reflect post-season prices. The Sox's thinking: Fewer games means more novelty, which means greater demand; therefore, we have higher prices.

Reviving Rivalries: Because, clearly, there aren't enough games between the Red Sox and Yankees during the regular season, the Sox will commemorate Little Fenway by playing twice as many spring training games against the Yanks. Love it or hate it, this brings the season total to about eight billion.

Unofficial Sponsors Banned: Sorry. No CITGO sign.

Where Are They Now? The Red Sox are all about honoring their long and glorious history, which is why they've created a "Where are they now?" feature in their mini-Red Sox Hall of Fame. Rumors have it that it'll be dedicated to Mnny Ramirez and Johnny Damon next spring. Title: "Ha-ha! Suckers!"

State of the Art Architecture: Sure, Little Fenway will have the same old moldy feel of Big Fenway Park, but it'll have state of the art architecture. The design was led by renowned building expert, Derek Zoolander.

Migrating Locals: To give Little Fenway that Big Fenway feel, Sox officials are going to be gathering Fenway Park mice to migrate to Florida. That way, fans will feel right at home from the get-go.

The Comfort of Familiar Discomfort: The Sox will allow season ticket holders to get their neck muscles in top shape for the regular season by building obstructed view seating. Just like home.

Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford


Moving to power forward 'presents a different challenge' for Horford

PHILADELPHIA – For the third time in as many games, the Boston Celtics will field a different lineup.

It will have a domino effect on Boston’s usual starters, but no one more than Al Horford who will slide over to power forward with Aron Baynes inserted into the starting lineup where he’ll be charged with trying to defend Sixers 7-footer Joel Embiid.

Meanwhile, Horford will be assigned to defend Robert Covington who is one of Philadelphia’s better perimeter scorers.


“I feel like one of my strengths is being able to play multiple positions,” Horford told NBC Sports Boston. “It presents a different challenge for me, which is making sure I do a good job of covering him out on the perimeter, staying between him and the basket.”

In Philadelphia’s 120-115 season-opening loss to Washington, Covington led all Sixers with 29 points which included him going 7-for-11 from 3-point range in addition to grabbing seven rebounds.

While Covington will be Horford’s first defensive assignment, he knows he will also be called upon at times to defend Embiid who ranks among the best centers in the NBA despite having played just 32 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

In the loss to the Wizards, Embiid had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Horford’s defense will be critical for Boston (0-2) to get its first win of the season, but the Celtics will also need him to take advantage of scoring opportunities as well.

“We have some guys down, but that creates opportunities for other guys to step up and contribute,” Horford said. “It’s going to all of us, the veterans, the young players, all of us to get that first win.”

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens agreed.

“I think that’s how we have to look at it,” Stevens said. “We’re going to have to make a few tweaks on how we do things, obviously. Hey, it’s gonna be something that we’re going to have to do really, really well on the fly.”