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RED SOX PUT UP THEIR DUQUE, BUT HE OFFERS LITTLE ON BALLPARK
Published June 24, 1998
Red Sox Exec VP & GM Dan Duquette addressed the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce yesterday and said the team has a "spectacular plan" for a new ballpark which they will unveil "once we have our ducks in a row," according to Joan Vennochi of the BOSTON GLOBE. Duquette "did rule out the idea of rebuilding Fenway Park." Red Sox Exec VP/Administration John Buckley said there was "no fixed date" to announce the ballpark plan. Vennochi: "The Sox still seem far from prepared to unveil anything close to a final proposal. ... In fact, they seem preoccupied with other matters," including hosting the '99 All-Star Game and racial harassment allegations filed by a former employee. She adds, "On the positive side, Duquette easily charmed the business crowd ... [and] took the edge off the image perpetrated by the sports media that he is arrogant and aloof." But while he "wasn't aloof or arrogant," he did seem "unsure and uncertain" regarding a new ballpark, "[a]nd that is bad PR for him and the Sox" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/24).