"I hope tomorrow is a great day for Red Sox fans and for the whole organization," Epstein said. "I have plans to be at the Cubs game tomorrow, but I will take a moment to toast Fenway along with everyone else who loves that ballpark."
On Thursday morning, principal owner John Henry -- en route to Boston from Great Britain -- was surprised at the original omission.al owner John Henry, who said he was unaware of the decision until contacted by a reporter.
"Apparently we decided to just invite uniformed personnel," said Henry, noting that the team hadn't invited Port and Duquette, either.
CSNNE : Update: Sox send Epstein an invitation, but he can't attend
The invitation to Theo and no other surviving Sox GM does not surprise me at all. Ownership still has a love affair with the "Boy Wonder" and could care less about anyone else. Sure, forget about Duquette and the crap he did. It's not like he did anything around here, Manny Ramirez and Pedro Martinez just showed up on Fenway's front steps and were looking for a place to call home.
Is Ben Cherington invited to the celebration? They might have used his invitation on Theo.
Here is an excerpt from Curt Schilling explaining his absense from the celebration...
I apologize that business at 38 Studios has made my participation in the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park impossible. Please understand that should in no way indicate my love and passion for Red Sox Nation. There was no greater feeling than standing on that mound, in that park, in front of you fans. The memories I was honored to be a part of, from David’s walk off HR in the 2004 ALDS, to going 4-0 in World Series games in that park, to the true honor of wearing that uniform every single day is something I am blessed to have, and will never forget. (...)
It is too bad that he can't make the celebration. I also feel for him because he is going to miss the fun and not be able to hang out with his best buddy, Bobby Valentine. Don't worry, Curt, there will be plenty more opportunities for you and Bobby to hang out.
On Page 2, Bobby is ready for the Yankees
So now here we are, with the Yankees coming to town this afternoon for the first time, and Valentine is on his best behavior.
“We’re going to play them sometime,” he said. “We might as well get it on.”
All eyes will be on Valentine when they do. The Connecticut native grew up a Yankees fan and sports a personality that’s more New York than Boston — brash, assertive, larger than life.
He doesn’t fear the big stage; he finds the spotlight. He doesn’t hold his tongue to minimize the risk of bulletin board material; he strikes first.
Could Valentine ratchet up the rivalry?
“I have no idea,” he said. “I doubt it. It’s at a pretty high level.”
I know I'm ready for the good old rivalry and I wouldn't mind seeing a scuffle here and there. Sir up the pot, Bobby. Stir it up nice and well and get everyone going in New York.
It's only a matter of time before Bobby says something outrageous about the Yankees, and as long it is solely about the Yankees, I'll be fine with it.
The rest of the links:
Globe: Valentine: Bard will start Sunday | Sox ready for Fenway Park's 100th anniversary | ESPN Boston: Video: 2004 ALCS game 4 (nuff said) | No. 1 Fenway moment: Fisk HR 1975 WS G6 | Aaron Boone talks fav Fenway memories | Pedro makes history at 1999 All-Star Game | Video: Nomar salutes the Green Monster | Video: Jeter appreciates Fenway fans | Herald: Bobby Valentine managing with slow start | Fenway's old home day