Saturday in the Park

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No matter what the result, there really is nothing better than a glorious weekend afternoon in a full house at Fenway Park.  The Sox got slaughtered, and their season really does feel like it’s in a deathwatch, but that didn’t damper my enjoyment (I know YF enjoyed himself…) of what is, without question, an incomparably intimate and beautiful place to watch a ballgame.  Some additional (though undoctored) photos and some thoughts after the jump.

  1. Randy Johnson: not unbeatable anymore.
  2. Josh Beckett: really, really not unbeatable.
  3. Despite the Sox’ pathetic effort(s) yesterday and this past month, and with clear writing on the wall about the direction of the season, the fans weren’t all that chippy.  There was no palpable sense of blood in the water, very little nasty back and forth with any Yankees fans, and no distinct sense of venom towards the Olde Towne Team.  Beckett received some hearty boos, but they weren’t anything undeserved.  It was almost as if a heavy majority of Sox fans understand that the team just isn’t good enough, that they won’t be there at the end. This is, in my opinion, representative of fans with experience, observational skills, and some class.  It would have been very easy to be merciless towards the team, considering the current run.
  4. Wily Mo: A very large man, the ball just rockets off his bat.  It’s recognizable on television, but nothing like in person.
  5. Fenway: the renovations undertaken are nearly seamless.  Janet Marie Smith and management have done a great job with this.

And now, more pictures.

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Someone bought a YFSF shirt!

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Yawkey Way, pregame

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Entering the grandstand

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Settling in…

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Opening pitch from my family’s great seats

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Press Box

10 comments… add one
  • Thanks for the photos, SF. It’s been almost 25 years since I’ve been to Fenway, so the pics bought back long ago memories. Fenway is such an incomparable place; it’s too bad the Sox are playing like some of those long ago teams. Like the 1978 team…
    Is Denny Galehouse pitching today?

    Tom sf August 20, 2006, 11:26 am
  • as a huge yankee fan, i will say that this is far from over.
    anyone feeling comfortable with this “lead” is a fool…
    …you can’t count either of these teams out.
    (the yankees pitching is one step away from implosion.)
    tonight’s game figures to be a bit better pitching-wise.

    yankee fan in boston August 20, 2006, 11:59 am
  • Great, great pix, SF, and I agree fully with the assessment.
    I only wish we had a better ballgame (but the same outcome.) And the Fenway Frank is pretty terrible. No comparison to what El Tiante purveys out on Yawkey.

    YF August 20, 2006, 12:02 pm
  • Yeah, let’s not count the Sox out yet. If Schilling and Wells show up, it may very well be down to a 2 1/2 game lead just like that.

    yankeesnj August 20, 2006, 12:19 pm
  • Hope springs eternal. The Sox aren’t out of it yet, statistically, and anything is possible.
    But if I were making a cool, calculated bet, with my own money? Odds are the Sox are out of it.

    Hudson August 20, 2006, 2:43 pm
  • I am hoping for a a well-played game tonight with both starters going at least 8 innings each with 0 BB and a 1-0 (Yankees) win. Here’s to good pitching!

    yankeemonkey August 20, 2006, 2:51 pm
  • SF, I won’t patronize you or RSN by suggesting that the Sox aren’t in trouble, nor by musing on the elusive nature of success in this rivalry, etc. This weekend, for Yankee fans everywhere, is incredible. But I know you & the rest won’t give up on your season, no matter how disappointed you guys are. You’re too classy for that. Looking forward to a good game tonight. Schilling ain’t no Beckett.
    PS, screw the Sox.

    YF in DC August 20, 2006, 3:00 pm
  • Anybody have any ideas about the respective returns of Trot, Tek and Wakefield? I miss them. About half of us here do too, I bet.

    higtaper August 20, 2006, 5:03 pm
  • Varitek is travelling with the team when they leave for the 9 game west coast trip.
    Wakefield is/was scheduled (Aug 27th) for a start in Seattle, however the last report is that he still has pain and the start may get pushed back.
    The team is hoping that Nixon will leave with them on the road trip. he is wearing a brace that keeps his arm from extending too far.

    Rob August 20, 2006, 5:15 pm
  • What is SF doing here?

    LouGYF August 20, 2006, 11:31 pm

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