Yesterday we were hanging out with my favorite wolf at Wolf Hollow in Essex freezing our asses off.
And today on Lansdowne Street outside Fenway Park I can almost say in the past hour it has gotten downright hot. Hope the Red Sox stay hot like this Italian Sausage Rubber Duck and I are having. Not an Ambie but it is the locale that gives it the zing.
ps. Did anyone catch the moon right before sunrise this morning? The smallest waxing crescent I have seen in a while. If it is crystal clear tomorrow it should be even smaller, (yuck clouds predicted.) New moon on the 10th.
Fenway Park is one of my favorite places. Was at a client on Comm Avenue in Boston Wednesday. Being so close to Fenway decided to take a walk over there and took a couple of pictures. One of Ted Williams and Child and the Teammates. Here is a little history of the two statues.
An 8-foot, 6-inch-tall statue of Williams mounted on a four-foot granite base was unveiled outside Gate B of Fenway, located behind the right-field line. The structure, which weighs 3,380 pounds, depicts Williams holding a bat over his left shoulder while he places his cap on the bald head of a cancer-stricken child. Ted Williams hit .406 and the last Major Leaguer to do so. Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio are the four team mates. These statues are located outside Gate B at the intersection of Ipswich and Van Ness Street.
Fenway Park Open House.. so exciting to be so close to sacred ground great time.. very emotional as well.. Donna
I think there might be a game today. This is from the roof of my lab. I can see the top of the big screen so it’s easy to see Varitek and Wakefield walk out from under the big flag draping the Wall but the game is tough to see. Back to work.
What a difference a year makes. Last year Fenway was full of snow but Sox were preseason favorites to win the World Series. This year it is sunny almost 70F and they are picked to inhabit the basement of the American League East.
I’ll take the this year, hands down. (This is me trying to pass as an official construction worker boss man so they would let me into the park. I got thrown out about five minutes later. Once I pulled Rubber Duck out of my pocket it was game over.)
Theo is going to the Cubs today?
Screw that, I’m taking my duck back to the island.
Turn that damn light off! Can’t a girl get some beauty sleep?
Put the notebook away and do something useful like fill my coffee cup.
OK, Chapter one, paragraph one, it was a dark and stormy night, I would call it weather only a rubber duck could enjoy and I was enjoying the night out but it took over seven hours of watered down Fenway suds before the Red Sox lost then the free drinks started stacking in front of me and I learned how to drink boilermakers out of a straw then a shot rang out as shots are wont to do and everyone hit the floor sounding like a bag of seedless watermelons thrown off a Dorchester Triple Decker since I think we landed up downstairs at Down Under and they hadn’t mopped up yet and the wet splat of large garden fruit was the last thing I remember before I woke up rubber side up in your lobster tank and I never ever want to hear someone cackle “bottoms up” again and no, you cannot see my new tattoo.
Got all of that? Got any leads on Homie? And not any Homie, my Homie. I heard of your idea of tying some fresh herring around my neck and tossing me in the harbor which I think totally sucks. What kind of girl do you take me for? OK, scratch that. Oh, my achin’ beak – any good Cinco de Mayo parties tonight – hair of the Rubber Dog and all – who made this coffee – hit me again – thanks bro.
I was driving in past Fenway Park this morning and as I moseyed down Lansdowne Street something strange was happening. The sky seemed to be flashing yellow, then magenta, then the next moment it would be pure Red Sox red. They were testing out the new super mega screen. I’ve posted earlier how this pure black monolith sucked the light out of the sky above Fenway like that one in the movie “2001 a Space Odyssey”.
I immediately got on my cell to my pal who sells tickets in Fenway and asked her what they were doing and she explained that they could now put anything up on the screen. So I gave her the internet address and a moment later,
Click on the screen to see what I saw next …
If you do not say “wow” the first time you enter the park this season you really ought to check your pulse.
The new Center Field scoreboard is the most obvious new feature to Fenway Park. This morning they lowered the last black panel of screen into place. It’s hard to see what it is made of because it is so black it sucks the light out of your eyeballs.
This thing is massive. 100 feet wide and 38 feet high. 65 brazillion high intensity LED lights imbedded and IBM Watson will be used to run the HD video on this screen.
OK, I don’t know how many lights and the computer will be slightly smaller than Watson. Now to figure out how to get tickets for Opening Day.
[Breaking News Edit] Wally is not a no show. I just don’t know how to read. Wally is scheduled for the truck sendoff next Tuesday Feb 8. I will be there to interview the green thing then. I’ll leave the rest of the story as is.
Wally the Green Monster was supposed to wave the Red Sox truck off at noon today for its trip to Florida to signal the start of preparation for Spring training. But crack meteorologist Dylan Dryer (seen here) updated the Channel 7 weather forecast:
A magnified view shows Fenway Park currently buried under the
“ga” of “Shit Load Again.” Wally decided to kick back at the Cask and Flagon to down a few Irish Coffees while your GMG Cub reporter flashed his Press Pass to the guard and made his way into Fenway Park:
As you can see, even if the green one had risked freezing his kibbles and bits there would be no way that Wally would have seen his shadow. That means that in twelve days the Red Sox pitchers and catchers report.
A last shot of Fenway. In a very short time Carl Crawford will be in this left field to ensure that no opponent hits will reach the turf while on the other side of the inning he sprays homeruns to all fields.
Warms me right up just thinking of it. Adrian Gonzalez at first. Youk at third, Pedroia at second , and since it is an odd year a scorching year for Beckett.
On Monday they finished ripping down the old centerfield Monster Screen and scoreboard. Didn’t seem all that long ago it was brand new but it sure was all rusty and rotten coming down. Then they put up a weird set of poles in the right field and I thought they were going to put up the Monstah Screen over there but no.
Today they finished putting up two huge vertical beams which obviously are going to hold the biggest LCD playback screen in New England front and center in centerfield.
The crane lowering the second vertical tower in place is parked on Lansdowne. These things are huge! I have no idea what the right field seven towers are going to be. A menorah? Flags for the seven World Series we win in this century?
Meanwhile, with all that spare time between Patriot’s playoff games check out the Red Sox Depth Chart. Warms the heart on these cold winter days. Carl Crawford in left and Adrian Gonzalez at first. Deep depth on that field.
The H Bomb went to Fenway where the boys issued a challenge to GMG- Read about how it all went down in her blog here (click the pic to be magically transported to Heather’s blog)-
Fenway Park, the boys, the All-Star lobster rolls, the challenge, a transformation
To prove I’m not pulling a fast one:
That was an hour ago. But first I had to grab a Italian Sausage from Sausage King on Lansdowne:
Around the corner first big red umbrella on the right:
Yes, I’ll have that one 8 bucks.
After eating that and a short nap I can now miss my 2 PM post time by just ten minutes. (No I did not have tickets.) Back to the lab for me. My regular scalpers were up to 100 bucks for good seats. Too rich for my blood. Did everyone see Dice K pitch last night? Wicked Ahsome!
padraiginineill’s submits these photos to the GMG Flickr Group! While painting Fenway a few perfectly placed Homie stickers make it just right IMO! Thanks for the contribution!
We still have stickers left if you are going to be somewhere cool either swing down the dock for one or send in a self stamped and addressed envelope and I’ll get one out to you- Free!
Katherine Richmond Represents At Fenway!
Katherine Richmond Represents At Fenway!
This Friday, Feb. 12, the Red Sox truck pulls out of Fenway Park for the 1,467 mile long trek to Spring training in Fort Myers. Forget about that rat in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, this is the harbinger of spring.
I’ll be down there to give Wally a goose (see photo of me goosing Wally). If you meet me down there we can go have Italian Sausages on Yawkey Way and pretend it’s summer.
Annual event for me. Next photo I am goosing Wally a few years back:
This cub reporter made it to the big city today and started to wonder if going to an ice cold baseball park on New Year’s Day to watch the Bruins play hockey would be fun to do.
Supposedly this truck which is parked outside Fenway today will pump a thousand gallons of coolant a minute into Fenway to ice down the skating rink for the game. Dustin Pedroia’s normal position at second base will have a blue line through it instead. New Boston pitcher (news at 4:00PM) John Lackey’s spot on the mound is instead a penalty box. I bet it would have been cheaper to get Cape Pond Ice or AmeriCold to ice that rink down.
Anyone going? Or is couch potatoing a few parades and football games more your style? Eleven degrees for a low tomorrow. Maybe some pond ice will be good to go by then.
I’m not sure which was more exciting – seeing Phish for the frist time or being in right field at Fenway. I think everyone there felt the awe of standing where our beloved Red Sox players are each game.As we were picking up the tickets (thank you s000 much, Skip!), it started to rain, but as often happens, the thunderstorm quickly passed and the concert went on on time!