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.

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable


Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.