I’ve been to Fenway Park on two separate occasions and both times the music rang out as loud as you can possibly imagine and was absolutely fantastic. The first song belted out by 35,000 crazy fans was The Kingston Trio’s “MTA. This had a very personal meaning for all of us out-of-towners who triumphantly mastered the friendly transit system that very day. The second was the wonderful classic “Sweet Caroline” and it’s been one of my favorites ever since.
“So good….So good…So good…So good!
To tell you the truth I’ve never quite figured out what Sweet Caroline has to do with Boston or baseball, but it doesn’t matter. The fans have made it their song and if you’ve ever stood and waved your arms and shouted and yelled “So Good!” at the top of your voice (and you will ~ it’s contagious) in unison with 35,000 other fans it will be your song too.
I love this YouTube video. It brings back wonderful memories of Boston, Fenway and baseball. And it reminds me of how proud I am to be a patriotic flag waving American . Not that I need reminding. Some things are engraved so firmly on the spirit and the soul they can bring you to tears. They surface often and they surface when you least expect them. For me, baseball and patriotism are two of those things.
Wednesday, 6/30/2010. Arrived one of my favorite all time American cities, Boston, Massachusetts! I skipped the scheduled tour of Fenway Park in favor of a tour around town. This started with the grand old Trolley Tour that took us to all the highlights of Boston and there are many! 30 Universitie and Colleges in Boston proper, and history of our founding fathers everywhere! Boston Harbor and of course Fenway Park are always main attractions. Fenway is a grand old ballpark. First thing I noticed was the big wood scoreboard over centerfield. They still turn the scores by hand! All the scores are kept current for other games throughout the day, and as the scores change, they reach out and manually put up the new numbers, in real time. as it happens. Of course, they have electronic scoreboards in other parts of the field, but my attention was focused on the old one. Fascinating stuff in this age of super electronics.
The general consensus of the group is Red Sox fans are the best! Well for sure they’re the friendliest. Everywhere you go in Boston, not just at the ballpark, everyone wants to talk baseball. Maybe it was just because it was a game day, I don’t know, but Bostononians love their Sox! Even the Boston cops were approachable and friendly! During the game they played “MTA” by the Kingston Trio which we all got a chuckle out of, having just arrived via the MTA. We didn’t find it daunting at all, but very user friendly, especially compared to the New York subway system! The game itself was somewhat of a disaster for the home fans, ending up 9 – 2 in favor of the Rays, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the Red Sox fans. The sellout crowd (it’s been a sellout for the past 380 games we were told!) was friendly and chattering as we all left the stadium, no sign of letdown in their spirits. This was a great place for a ballgame!
Everywhere, including at the ballpark, you hear the touts of a special “lobster roll” which is a pile of lobster mixed with a little mayo and celery on a sandwich roll. It was a disappointment, but the most popular and best tasting was the Kielbasa on a bun. Big, fat, juicy and we were told later by the locals, that’s what local Boston fans want to be known for! And now we know!
Boston harbor was bustling to get ready for their annual 4th of July celebration, fireworks loaded on barges in the harbor, and a general feeling of festivities. That’s one thing to put on my list of things to do, spend the 4th of July with the Boston Pops live and in person! It’s a great feeling of community spirit here and you can stop and talk with anyone on the street or in the subways and it’s a generally friendly feeling. And now once again it’s 2:00AM! Whew! These late nights are tough since our bus takes off again at 8:00AM for destination Pittsburg! Haven’t had time to read a paper or watch the evening news for 5 days now! It’ll be nice to find out what’s going on in the world. Or maybe not. It’s been a nice reprieve that’s for sure! We’ll talk again tomorrow from Pittsburg!
"I was the worst hitter ever. I never even broke a bat until last year when I was backing out of the garage." Lefty Gomez, Yankees pitcher.
Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. ~George F. Will.
"Does Pete Rose hustle? Before the All Star game he came into the clubhouse and took off his shoes and they ran another mile without him." Hank Aaron.
More Baseball Quotes!
“You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” - Jim Bouton
"I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice." - Casey Stengel
"This isn't a job. This is a privilege, that's what this is!" - Mike Krukow, TV Commentator, on being at the ballpark each day.
"I've found that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats." -Bill Veeck, Chicago White Sox owner.
"Derek Jeter's accomplishment puts Pete Rose's hits record in perspective. 3,000 hits is phenomenal. 4,000? Freakish!" - Anthony Castrovince via Twitter
"The best possible thing in baseball is winning the World Series. The second best thing is losing the World Series." - Tommy Lasorda
"You teach me baseball and I’ll teach you relativity.... You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball." - Albert Einstein
"Baseball is a game of race, creed, and color. The race is to first base. The creed is the rules of the game. The color? Well, the home team wears white uniforms, and the visiting team wears gray."
GARLICFRIESANDBASEBALL is written by a long-time fan who simply loves the game. I write my own articles (hence the grammar and occasional misspellings). If I include an article from another source, credit is given to that source and will include links when appropriate. The opinions are my own.