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The Red Sox want to serve more liquor in Fenway. What could possibly go wrong?

Mar 31, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT


As a rule, I’m pro-liquor. But then again, I don’t have to police 40,000 Red Sox fanatics 81 nights a year, so this may be a big fight:

As the Boston Red Sox prepare for their April 8 home opener at Fenway Park, the team is moving to expand the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages throughout the historic ballpark, drawing concerns from Boston police and Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

Representatives of the Red Sox told the Boston Licensing Board last week that the team wants the right to sell mixed drinks, in addition to beer, “at a limited number of stations’’ throughout the 37,000-seat stadium and on Yawkey Way. Currently, hard liquor is available mainly at refreshment stands serving fans with upper-level premium seats.

Doesn’t seem fair that the richies have it already but the unwashed masses can’t.  At the same time, everywhere I’ve ever seen liquor at sports venues — at least outside of the club level — it’s been in the form of sugar-laden froofy frozen drinks and other obnoxious concoctions, more often mixed by machines than man.

Boston drinkers I have known are a fairly discerning bunch. When it comes to liquor, they prefer it simple and close to straight, and it’s not as if the Sox are going to set up a conventional bar with Jameson’s bottles on the shelf.  As such, I doubt this will turn into a big problem or, for that matter, a particularly desirable product.  For the most part you’re still going to hear “Hey! Beeah guy! We’re wicked thirsty heah!”

  1. BC - Mar 31, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    So if they charge $12 a drink, it won’t be any more of a problem than it is now. 2/3 of the fans get tanked up at one of the establishments around Fenway before the game anyway.

    • thinman61 - Mar 31, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      Unlike, say, the seething mass of pinstripe wearing fans crammed into the Yankee Tavern before a game in the Bronx.

      • pipkin42 - Mar 31, 2011 at 3:06 PM

        And O’s fans in Pickles, Brewers fans at tailgates, etc. etc.

        BC’s comment really shouldn’t be seen as some kind of attack on Red Sox fans in the endless rivalry you’ve constructed for yourselves. Its a fact: baseball fans get drunk, usually outside the game.

        Not every comment requires a rejoinder. Your honor is safe.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 31, 2011 at 8:44 PM

        thinman61 – you really should do something about that fixation you have with the Yankees. It’s not healthy.

    • Old Gator - Mar 31, 2011 at 11:26 PM

      And of course, they should furnish all the concessionaires with beanbag guns. Just in case, you know?

  2. easports82 - Mar 31, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Thanks for the reminder to restock my Jameson supply. Knew I was missing something for Opening Day.

  3. Jonny 5 - Mar 31, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    So Fenway can smell like piss AND puke?

    • BC - Mar 31, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      Yeah, but if you have enough to drink, you don’t care.

    • bobwsc - Mar 31, 2011 at 1:12 PM

      it already smells that way

  4. ThatGuy - Mar 31, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Im surprised they don’t do this already, I was under the impression most stadiums serve mixed drinks. I know for a fact Target Field and the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota do.

  5. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 31, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    MMMMM JAMO. That is all.

  6. guileless22 - Mar 31, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    You haven’t lived if you haven’t sipped on a 90% ice, 5% sugar, 5% liquor daiquiri in a plastic neon cup at the Superdome.

  7. mornelithe - Mar 31, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Wonder what it’ll cost for a snifter of 21yr old Bushmills on game day. lol.

  8. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 31, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    for having to watch a game in that dump and dealing with the fat, out of shape, lazy, worthless redsuk fans you need to get drunk and it should be free!

    • bobwsc - Mar 31, 2011 at 3:50 PM

      fabio speaks!

    • Utley's Hair - Apr 1, 2011 at 1:03 AM

      Hey, dirtyharry1971, Happy Opening Day!!!!!! Nice friendly, literate, well-formulated comment there!!! Keep up the good work!!!!


      • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 1, 2011 at 2:44 PM

        Hey im sorry utley’s snot, i didnt mean to put you down like that, well maybe i did. Truth hurts doesnt it junior?

  9. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 31, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Miguel Cabrera thinks it is a good idea, Tony LaRussa will comment
    as soon as he is awake, he is asleep at a traffic light.

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