DETROIT -- Friday afternoon's game against the Red Sox will be Boston's home opener, kicking off the 100th season of Major League baseball at Fenway Park.
"That's cool, it's very cool," manager Joe Maddon said. "In our country we don't have enough old stuff to celebrate its 100th anniversary. I think it's great. It's a baseball situation. Good for them. Obviously, it's an iconic park. And I do love it. I think it's a great place to play, and I'm looking forward to it."
Designated hitter Luke Scott has a different opinion, saying, "As a baseball player, going there to work, it's a dump."
"I mean, it's old. It does have a great feel and nostalgia, but at the end of the day, I'd rather be at a good facility where I can get my work in. A place where I can go hit in the cage. Where I have space and it's a little more comfortable to come to work.
"You're packed in like sardines there. It's hard to get your work in. ... You have to go to their weight room if you want to lift. From a fan's perspective, it's probably pretty cool to go see a game at a historic park. But from a player's point of view, it's not a place where you want to go to work."
The Red Sox have not gone to the postseason the past two seasons. and last year's team gained some notoriety after it was revealed that some players were eating and drinking beer in the clubhouse when the team's season collapsed on the final day.
When asked what kind of reception he thought the Red Sox would receive from their fans on Friday in light of how the 2011 campaign ended, Maddon said, "They're going to be very supportive. I think so. Listen, these guys have won two World Series in less than 10 years. That's highly significant. I believe the Red Sox fans are great fans, and they understand baseball and baseball tradition and history. I would anticipate and believe that they're going to show up support their team tomorrow."
"The Red Sox fans will be out there to support their team," Scott said. "They support their team through thick and thin. They have a good fan base, and they come out and support them."
Scott doesn't think the fans should boo Friday night starter Josh Beckett, either, even though he was among the players drinking and eating.
"Josh Beckett's done a great job for that organization, won a lot of big games for them," Scott said. "I think that wouldn't be right. That's just my opinion. [I'm] curious to see what happens."