With the Boston Red Sox looking horrible, I don’t really want to preview the home opener against the New York Yankees even though its a big deal.  So instead I’m going to look at another favorite past time, liquor.


The Red Sox reached an agreement with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston police and several community groups to begin selling mixed alcoholic beverage to fans with seats throughout Fenway Park.


As of right now the agreement would limit the sale of mixed drinks to five stands, one of which would be moved farther away from the bleacher section.


Now don’t get too excited about buying a round of shots for the 7th inning stretch quiet yet.  The Boston Licensing Board still needs to approve the proposal, which could happen as early as today.  And even then the Red Sox will still need approval from the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, which could take another month.


According to team officials there will be no sales of straight hard liquors to fans in general areas and the content of the mixed drinks would be no greater than the alcohol content of a cup of beer.


The opposition to this proposal is based around the drunkenness factor of Sox fans and what adding liquor could do to that.  Its an understandable concern but with the lake of actual alcohol in the mixed drinks, I don’t think they will have much to worry about.  Plus I’m sure they will be extremely over priced, so getting bombed on liquor at Fenway will put most of us on the street.


As always there are a number of changes to Fenway Park each offseason, here are some of this years highlights:


Physical:


- Three state-of-the-art High Definition video boards to improve the transmission of game information to the Fenway Park crowd.


- Completed concrete and seat repair of the lower seating bowl


- Enhancements to the Gate D area and ground-level concourses.

New Food in Fenway:


- Sushi from BASHO Japanese Brasserie, which is located in the Fenway neighborhood


- Jamba Juice in the Big Concourse


- Expanded vegetarian and lighter fare options, including vegetarian pizza, veggie dogs and veggie burgers, and chef and garden salads highlight the new menu items.

New Food Around Fenway

Home Plate Concourse Concession stands will feature brick oven pizza, lobster rolls, fried clam rolls, Cajun shrimp roll, fish sandwich, and fish and chips as well as classic Fenway favorites. A new Market Place will also offer seasonal fresh fruit, local salt water taffy and assorted fresh nuts.


Out on Yawkey Way, "Wally's Favorites",  will offer sweet treats such as Fried Dough, Funnel Cake, Kettle Corn, and Cotton Candy. And, there's more- A new "Taste of Fenway", will have a menu of different seasonal selections and offerings from Fenway's restaurants such as the Absolut Clubhouse Burger. Fan-favorite Fenway Smokehouse, which features smoked pulled pork, will also expand its fare on Yawkey Way with a picnic area near the NESN pre-game stage.