Menino takes last pre-Opening Day tour of Fenway Park as mayor

Boston-4/05/13- The annual pre-opening day tour was held at Fenway Park in which Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is escorted by Red Sox president Larry Lucchino. Mayor Menino bites into a new offering, a turkey gobbler sandwich at the new Royal Rooter Club as Lucchino(left) looks on. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(metro)
Mayor Menino bites into a new offering, a turkey gobbler sandwich, at the new Royal Rooter Club as team president Larry Lucchino looks on.Credit: John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Mayor Thomas M. Menino enjoyed one of the perks of his office for the last time today, as he got a sneak peek at the new improvements to Fenway Park before Opening Day on Monday.

“It was [Menino’s] last tour of Fenway Park before Opening Day as mayor, so it was a little bittersweet,” said John Guilfoil, a Menino spokesman.

Guilfoil said Menino particularly liked the improvements to the Royal Rooters Club — new private bathrooms and a private kitchen have been put into the members’ clubhouse — and new additions to the park’s food selection.

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Fenway’s World Fare, a new food stand on Yawkey Way, offers Mexican, Chinese, and other international grub. Menino particularly liked the gourmet Bavarian pretzels, Guilfoil said.

Among numerous other renovations, Boston Red Sox fans will notice a new 25-foot bar in the Absolut Clubhouse, dozens of new TVs, and thicker outfield wall pads to protect players, according to a statement from the team.

The improvements to the park had the mayor excited, Guilfoil said, but perhaps not as much as the Red Sox’s seemingly improved play in the early days of this season.

“He’s excited about the team this year,” Guilfoil said. “He thinks they have great spirit and hunger to win.”

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