Fenway Park

March 21, 1974

Spring training had another two weeks to go, and an air optimism drenched the Red Sox

Specifically, as the calendar marked the official end of winter, veteran right-hander Juan Marichal showed flashes of the brilliance he brought to the Giants rotation for so many seasons. In a 6-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers, Marichal worked five scoreless innings, scattering five singles.

Tigers pitcher Jim Ray, an old National Leaguer, told the Globe’s Peter Gammons that Marichal threw like a man determined to find his old self.

“If he throws like that he can win 20 games anywhere,” Ray said.

In Boston, the lyrical little bandbox was receiving a few upgrades. That had become a rite of winter after Tom Yawkey backed out of a long-standing demand that the city and state should follow the lead of many cities and pick up the tab on a mult-purpose stadium. 

With the Red Sox leading the American League in attendance, and the Patriots secure in Foxborough, that became a moot point.

So with Opening Day approaching, Fenway Park’s most noticeable change came with the installation of red plastic seats in the box seat sections.