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10:50 AM ET 02.23 | Larry Lucchino has put it out there that he isn't losing any sleep over the cold, hard reality that the Red Sox will one day need to build a new ballpark. "I'm so pleased that I don't have to worry about that," he said. "It's off my table." And that's too bad, if only because future Red Sox fans would be better served if the Larry Lucchino of today were wandering around his neighborhood late at night, stressing out over how and when and where to build a new Fenway. The Red Sox held a three-day media feast last week in which they trucked out, in order, principal owner John W. Henry, chairman Tom Werner and three-hole hitter/president/CEO Larry Lucchino to talk about everything from the annual David Ortiz cash grab to Jenny Dell's impending departure from NESN. But when talk turned to the obligatory annual question about the future of Fenway Park, Henry got the ball rolling when he noted that while the old ballyard does have "an expiration date," it won't be his crew that needs to toss out the sour milk. "I think we're several decades away, a good 30 years," said Henry. "Hopefully we'll still be around, but we'll leave that for the next ownership group. Someone at some point in the decades ahead will have to address the possibility of a new ballpark."

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February 23, 2014  11:15 AM ET

Is there a better shrine to baseball in America, or for that matter, the world?

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February 23, 2014  11:37 AM ET

things are shining as it is in fanway park why worry?why think too much about it?
just let the things fall into place by themselves, after all the boss only has to worried about the present and not the future!!

February 23, 2014  12:19 PM ET

The next stadium will probably be in the suburbs, maybe next to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
No one wants to take on that sacreligious thought right now.

February 23, 2014  01:50 PM ET
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It needs to be blown up and replaced. While the field views are gorgeous, the park itself is a dump. It is also a dump that has hundreds, if not a few thousand obstructed view seats and also has entire sections of seats that don't even face home plate. Throw in the fact that the average man in this country has to squeeze himself into a crappy wooden seat built for a 5'6", 135lb turn of the 20th century Bostonian and I'll be happy to push the plunger on the detonator of a small thermo-nuclear device placed on 2nd base myself.

Have you ever even been there?

February 23, 2014  01:53 PM ET
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Have you ever even been there?

I've been there plenty of times, but only once in the last 5 years. I agree with Rex. The old girl needs to go.

An exact replica with all the modern amenities is the way to go.

February 23, 2014  02:10 PM ET
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Have you ever even been there?

Rex is right. Unfortunately for us Red Sox fans it won't happen in our lifetime.

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February 23, 2014  03:17 PM ET
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Too many times to count.First time was in the summer of 1971. I was almost 11 (the last time I fit comfortably into one of those seats) and I went with our little league outing. Ray Culp was pitching, Fisk was catching, Cecile Cooper at 1st, Rico Petrocelli was on 3rd and Luis Aparicio was the new SS. Yaz and Reggie Smith were in the OF with some other guy I can't remember I'm getting old now, but I do remember Rico hitting 2 or 3 HR's and Boston losing.

My first visit to Fenway was an old fashioned doubleheader in 1965 against the Los Angeles Angels. I found out through an exchange of emails with Herald beat writer Steve Buckley that it was his first game at Fenway as well.

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February 23, 2014  03:44 PM ET
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Is there a better shrine to baseball in America, or for that matter, the world?

It's not up to par with the urinals in old Yankee Stadium

February 23, 2014  04:22 PM ET
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Is there a better shrine to baseball in America, or for that matter, the world?

Well...I'd say Monument Park in Yankee Stadium is a better shrine...Wrigley is a better active, day to day representation of parks from days gone by...Fenway was a bit of a pit on my last visit in 1990, hasn't improved much.

February 23, 2014  04:24 PM ET
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1965? You old ;)

Only 6 yrs older than you.

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February 23, 2014  04:32 PM ET
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Only 6 yrs older than you.

Got most of you beat, my first was in 1951, I think Walt Dropo was first base, Ted Williams was in Korea.

February 23, 2014  04:33 PM ET
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Well...I'd say Monument Park in Yankee Stadium is a better shrine...Wrigley is a better active, day to day representation of parks from days gone by...Fenway was a bit of a pit on my last visit in 1990, hasn't improved much.

Need to go back, it's improved a lot under the new ownership, but still has those seats for midgets!

February 23, 2014  04:54 PM ET
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Got most of you beat, my first was in 1951, I think Walt Dropo was first base, Ted Williams was in Korea.

Holy crap! You are old.

February 23, 2014  05:18 PM ET
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Hehehe. I get called old on a regular basis, so I figured I'd just pass it along.

Well, you ARE old.

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