The Red Sox go before the Boston Licensing Board this week for permission to add cans to their repertoire of beer options at the lyric little bandbox this season.
In December, the board approved a Sox request to start selling beer in aluminum bottles - after Fenway officials assure the board that the bottles would be opened first and that, even if they were thrown, which they wouldn't be, of course, they would do no more damage to somebody's noggin than the cups of beer already available, because their wide mouths would spill beer in flight, making their impact that less damaging.
Previously, thirsty fans could only buy beer in plastic cups.
As with bottles, Sox officials will have to make the case for "the public need" for cans. In the bottle hearing, the Sox said the goal was not to make money, but to improve Fenway security, by speeding up beer sales and so reducing the number of fans in the old park's concourses at any one time.
Board hearings start at 10 a.m. in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.