Diehards at the Fens


This is a picture my mom recently found, of Fred Lynn (as if any Sox fan of the past 40 years needs that pointed out!), my childhood friend Amy S., and me, at the Fens.  It hung on my wall, above my bed, for the bulk of my junior high school, high school, and college years and was mothballed when my parents re-did my room after I moved out, with my Sox and Bruins pennants and most other sports paraphernalia banished to the attic. Luckily this one survived.

For a few years running we were able to get down on the field via the Sox' press secretary, a friend of my grandfather's, and get a picture snapped.   In 1974 at the age of 5 I got a moment with Yaz (Mom needs to start digging to find that one, though I know it still exists!), in 1980 it was Freddie during his last year with the Sox.   Lynn was, with Pudge Fisk, in my top two, though a pretty distant second.

Sartorially the Sox uniform still does the trick, quite obviously.  Amy wisely chose an outfit that easily stands the test of time, conservative and mature.  But what the hell was up with my choice of a wide-banded white-collared navy blue cardigan?  Fenway security should have turned me away — for the Yankee colors alone.

7 comments… add one
  • The 30’s were a hell of a decade!
    All joking aside, that’s a pretty sweet picture. I don’t have anything comparable, though I do have a picture of myself and Troy Aikman from 1993.

    Atheose - SF January 5, 2009, 7:37 am
  • When I was home for the holidays, I was compelled to sort through some old boxes and I came across a signed 8×10 of Phil Plantier!
    It is now in a box at the thrift store. Maybe someone will want the frame.

    FenSheaParkway January 5, 2009, 12:55 pm
  • That’s damned cool, SF.

    Hudson January 5, 2009, 1:35 pm
  • nice photo!
    on another note – the Rays got better today at their DH spot.

    dw (sf) January 5, 2009, 4:31 pm
  • I was 10 in Lynn’s RoY/MVP season of ’75. He was my favorite player.
    Great shot. :)

    Craig SF January 6, 2009, 6:15 am
  • Great pic, SF.
    Beats the hell out of the pic I just found of my brother and me posing in leisure suits, probably taken in 1975 or ’76. And the shoes we were wearing. YEEESH.

    I'mBillMcNeal January 7, 2009, 12:29 am
  • And if you look real close at Freddie’s right hand, you can see the hangnail that kept him out of 47 games that season.

    I'mBillMcNeal January 7, 2009, 12:29 am

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