Letter from Fenway

Some observations, thoughts, following today’s victory.

1. Yawkey Way, now partly cordoned off by turnstiles (security barrier is no longer at the stadium, but outside), lacks the old charm. The sausage stand “run” by El Tiante is a Disney-esque sham, it’s queues are an unnecessary ordering device for the fans who used to congregate randomly outside the stadium.

2. Fenway’s interior is like an architectural Hell’s Angel, covered in advertising tattoos in a hideous manner. There are ads everywhere, two on the Monster, two over the 420 sign in centerfield, just overwhelming.

3. The vendors inside the stadium wear yellow Sox jerseys and hats. Nothing more to add about that.

4. “Yankees Suck”? Can’t we do better than that? I hate the Yankees, but that cheer is tired, unfunny, and inarticulate.

5. “Sweet Caroline” at the 7th inning stretch? I can’t even discuss this.

6. Manny’s Moonshot: I suggested that YF, sitting to my left and scoring the game, just write down “I-90”, as in “that one landed on the Mass. Pike”.

7. Jason Varitek can bunt, and apparently well. File that away, Mr. Francona.

8. A-Rod: looking frustrated and petulant.

9. Derek: looking frustrated and petulant.

10. Schilling: looking to be everything we expected, and more.

11 comments… add one
  • And this is SF after a victory–easy!
    We’ll say this briefly: there is a distinctly new tone at Fenway–dare we call it optimism? Perhaps they’re sticking Prozac in the Fenway Franks. The crowd was positively upbeat all game, and even with a lead on a pretty day that’s never been the character of this place.

    YF April 17, 2004, 9:15 pm
  • YF doth protest! We had El Tiante himself sign our scoresheet today. Disneyesque?! Hardly. What could be better than the chance to shake hands with a legend before the game? And he makes one mean sausage!

    YF April 18, 2004, 10:47 pm
  • Yes, but YF knew that as of Saturday there was no indication that El Tiante was a daily fixture at his sausage stand. After seeing him on Sunday, the opinion has been changed. If he is a daily fixture, then I retract the comment. If not, then I stand by it – the old chaos of fans on Yawkey way in search of sausage was preferable.

    SF April 19, 2004, 7:38 am
  • Why do Sox fans sing “Sweet Caroline”?

    Dan Bernstein June 18, 2004, 4:36 pm
  • Why do Sox fans sing “Sweet Caroline”?

    Dan Bernstein June 18, 2004, 4:36 pm
  • Why do Sox fans sing “Sweet Caroline”?

    Dan Bernstein June 18, 2004, 4:36 pm
  • Why do Sox fans sing “Sweet Caroline”?

    Dan Bernstein June 18, 2004, 4:36 pm
  • Why do Sox fans sing “Sweet Caroline”?

    Dan Bernstein June 18, 2004, 4:36 pm
  • Why do Sox fans sing “Sweet Caroline”?

    Dan Bernstein June 18, 2004, 4:36 pm
  • Ya know what? I live in Boston, always going to the game and ya know what I don’t even know why we sing “Sweet Caroline” but it just brings everyone in the crowd together singing it, i mean it’s the only song I ever heard my Dad sing to! Quite funny acctually! Hailee, 14

    Hailee August 10, 2004, 11:54 pm
  • Boston is 2004’s best sport city!:)

    Hailee Martin August 10, 2004, 11:57 pm

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