My first trip to Fenway Park was
outstanding. I recommend it to all my fellow Yankee Fans. Decked out in
my Yankee attire, I wish I had a picture of the look I got from all
the Boston Redsox Fans I ran into. I was a Blue Dot in a sea of RED my
friends. The first two games being played on work days, there were not
as many Yankees fans, as were present on Saturday, and Sunday. So I basically
took the abuse single handedly for the most part, especially after the
Yankees lost the second game 17 -1.
I stayed at the Howard Johnsons, right across the street from
Fenway. The people that work there were great, the
rooms were clean , and could be upgraded a little, but Location,
Location, Location. I open up the curtains to my room and there is
fenway Park. I could take a ball, and play off the wall on Fenway from
my hotel window. The view is the First base side of Fenway, and you can
also see the Ball Players entering the Stadium before the game.
You can't ask for a better place to stay if you make a trip to Fenway
After I settled in, I took a walk to check out this
great old Ball Park. I was there in two minutes. I walked up Yawkey Way,
not realizing that was where the front entrance to Fenway was, until I made the
second trip around. But before I arrived there I passed the Redsox fans
waiting to get into the Bleachers. This is where I got my first taste of
abuse from a Redsox fan. Someone yelled "Yankees Suck" and
when I turned,
and looked there he was, a self proclaimed #1 Redsox Fan, Holding up a
"Yankees Suck" T-shirt. But all in all it was mostly good Fun,
Ribbing from the Redsox fans. no great abuse, at least not yet.
my way a little further down from the Bleachers, and there was a live
Radio show being broadcast from station WEEI 850 AM Sports talk Radio.
Peter Gammons was being
interviewed, and paying no mind to my Yankee Fan presence. This is
Boston's version of New York's WFAN Sports talk Radio. The Following day
After the Redsox Lost to the Yankees I came by to hear what was being
broadcast, and all I heard was Redsox Fans whining about Curt Schilling
coming out of the Bull pen, Bellhorn shouldn't be playing, and so
on. The usual fan second guessing the Manager's moves. There was also
one guy complaining about Arroyo late night antics, playing in a band,
going to bed too late....
I continued my journey back to the Front entrance, where
the action started to pick up. By this Time the Media was everywhere,
and when Boston's NBC Sports announcer Frank Carpano saw my NY Yankees
attire he made a Bee-line straight for me, and asked if I wanted to do
an interview. He Asked me if I thought this series would make or break
the Yankees season. I told him the Yankees are only 2 1/2 games back,
with half the season to play. Even if they get swept by Boston, they
would only be 6 1/2 games out. Then I asked him if he remembered 1978 when
the Yankees were 14 games out at the All-Star break....You know the year
that Guy Bucky Dent hit that Home run. That immediately brought the
attention of all the Redsox fans in hearing distance. After they stopped
Chirping, I took out my camera,
and asked if I can take their
picture, so my great Grand children 86 years from now would know what a
Redsox fan looked like when They were last world Series Champs. This
brought on more Chirping, and I walked away from the interview
Game Time. I
went to the Game with My son, my friend Phil, his son Robert, and Mr.
Joe Love. My son lurked around the Yankees Dugout trying to get an
Autograph. Unprepared, he
borrowed a pen, and would have used his Ticket to get the autograph on,
but had no luck. The following Day I bought him a Major league baseball,
and a blue ballpoint pen. After spending the pre-game hours waiting for
the players to arrive at the ball park, he had Matsui, and Tino Martinez
walk right by him, both stating that they were late for the game, and
didn't have time. He would Finally get Russ Johnson's autograph on the field
before the second game. Johnson used his own Sharpie to sign the ball.
That's a no no Russ, you should use a Blue Ballpoint pen. Sharpie will
fade in time, on a baseball.
During the Game about
the 4th inning, the Sox were winning 5-3, and I ventured out to take a
personal tour of Fenway Park. I landed up on Yawkey Street, which is
closed off and Stadium Fans can go outside during the game, have a cigarette,
a beer, or and grab something to eat. I walked around until I
found three Redsox fans willing to have a beer with me. I was surprised
to find out that Redsox fans Hate Paul O'neil, They respect Jeter, and
we all know they hate ARod. When I brought up Bucky Dent, I was quickly
corrected by all Three, that the Name in Boston is "Bucky efin'
Dent". Who do they fear the most when the Game is on the line?
Bernie Williams. We had a good Time, Taking the Rivalry to the most
purest level. Fan to Fan. I hung out with them until the game was tied
at 5, but not before Redsox.com
took our picture (click link to view).
Game one could
not be written by a Yankee fan any better than it turned out. A close
game, tied up by the Yankees. then the Redsox go ahead with a HR by
Ortiz, the Yankees Tie it up again in the 8th. Stage set. World Series
hero Curt Schilling makes his Dramatic entrance in the 9th inning,
Redsox Fans are Going wild! Sheffield Doubles off the wall. A-Rod who
RedSox fans Hate Hits a two run HR. Now the Icing on the
cake Mariano Rivera who "The Redsox Have his Number" with the
top of the batting order coming up Strikes out the side. Outside of
Bucky dent coming out of retirement to hit a game winning HR it can't be
written any better.
If you're a Yankee Fan.
Happy Yankee Fans After First Game (before the
Second Game 17 -1 loss) From Left to right top Nicky, Phil, Steve KeyMan, Joe Love,
After the Game I stood in front of the hotel watching
what was left of "Boston Nation" going home. I didn't abuse
anyone, but my presence was enough to annoy them. I kept getting that
look. Eye's open up, head moves back, mouth opens for a gasp of air.
They didn't have to speak. The following day before the game ,when I
went past the Bleachers
the Abuse I took went up a notch. "Hey Look there's a Yankee
fan....Yankees Suck Go Home" I would reply "we're here to take
back the Championship"... "Good Game Last Night" When I
went past the Radio Station again a Redsox fan kept pushing me away from
the window. "you don't belong here Yankee Fan get lost." He
would wave to the guys in the Broadcast booth, and they
would wave back.
Me, They wouldn't even look at me.
When I arrived around the Park where the Players Enter, A-Rod,
and Many Ramirez Got out of the same car. Boy did that create a buzz.
David Wells arrived, and didn't even turn to acknowledge the small crowd
looking for Autographs. Joe Torre, got out of the car waved, and then
paused as if he was going to sign, but then kept walking. The only
player to stop, and sign autographs was Doug Mirabelli. He signed close
to a dozen Autographs, Class act.
Took a quick ride to "Cheers" for lunch.
Had a nice Steak, and a bowl of Clam Chowder. I didn't have an extra
ticket for the second game, and let my son go to the game. When I got
back to the hotel room, I found out that Tim Redding was pitching for
the Yankees. Boy was I glad I didn't go. Waiting for the Game to start
on TV, I feel asleep. I was quickly awaken by the roar of the crowd
outside my window when Trot Nixon hit the "inside the park Home
The photo to the right shows the view I had. The roaring didn't stop
until the score was 17 -1. By this time the crew I was with already
returned from the Game. They couldn't take the abuse the Redsox fans
were dishing out. so we headed for the Hong Kong Cafe, inside the
Hotel for diner.
I finished my diner, and decided to go outside for some air.
By this time the Redsox fans had filled the restaurant. The abuse
started on my way out the door. I stood in the same spot I had stood the
night before. You would have thought the Sox had won the world series
again. I took my licks, but held my ground. It started to get a little
nuts when the drunks started to empty out. So I called it a night.
Over all The trip was great. If you are a true Baseball Fan
you must make a trip to Fenway Park. The people of Boston are Friendly,
even if you're wearing a Yankees Jersey. As I walked around Fenway, the
collector in me was always looking for some memorabilia. Pretty hard to
find something of interest being a Yankees fan in Boston. especially
after they won the world series. I then realized that I already had
collected a load of memorabilia., The photos that I took. I had the
picture of the "#1 Redsox fan" enlarged to an 8x10. I looked
for him to sign it, but couldn't find him the next day. But none the
less, it will be framed and hung in my Yankee Room.
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