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Fenway’s Festivities Of The Season


Christmas Fenway 042.jpgOn a beautiful brisk and sunny December day in Boston, the Boston Red Sox front office celebrated holiday season by giving back to some of the lucky fenway faithful. The annual Christmas At Fenway celebration was held on Saturday December 11th at the grand old 98 1/2 year old ballpark’s warm upper levels. 

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Attendees were allowed to bring guests, and some brought buddies, co-workers, spouses, and children. The gates opened at 10am, and admittance was distributed throughout the day according to your invitation. Player appearances and activities were spread-out from 10am-5pm, and included Tours of the Park’s Improvements, Viewings & Photos with the 2004 & 2007 World Series Trophies & American League Trophies in the Pavillion Suite, visits from Santa and Mrs. Clause, as well as Wally the Green Monster & several other Boston Sports Mascots. Candy and Popcorn were complementary and well-received by young and old. Wally’s World was set up on the lower level near Gate E for the children to play games, and the visitor’s batting cages were open for challengers. Up in the EMC Club was an outstanding view of the ballpark & it’s many ongoing renovations….as well as the most beautiful bathrooms in the ballpark. Also in the massive suite was a Wii Video Game area, and up on the stage, a Fenway-style gameshow. (Who Wants To Be A Red Sox Millionaire)
On the upper large State Street Pavillion Deck area were magicians, face painters, artist, and Curious Creatures to entertain the visiting families throughout the day. 
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Interviews with Jason Varitek, Carl Crawford, Daniel Nava, Luis Tiant, Terry Francona, Frank Malzone and coaches Ron Johnson and DeMarlo Hale were ongoing on the stage all day.
(Varitek finalized his contract for 1-year, and Crawford was officially introduced as our new Left Fielder early in the day.)
Christmas Fenway 004.jpgWhile all this was going on, tickets for the 2011 season were being sold on the lower level ticket windows by wristband # and timeslot. Tickets were also being sold by redsox.com website in a limited capacity beginning at 10am. Only certain games in April, May and September were available for individual game purchase, and a variety of Sox Pax were also available. There was a limit of 8 tickets per invited attendee. The remainder of the games will be released for sale in mid-January of 2011.
– fenway fruitgirl 2010   “BEHIND THE NET”
Have a happy, healthy & safe holiday season Red Sox Nation !!

Mother’s Day

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Last Night’s game at Fenway was a fairly short fight between NY and Boston. The Sox had it goin’ on since the very beginning. We scored first…and often. Nice Mother’s Day gift for me, and the many mom-sicles out at the game on such a chilly May night.

Now the Evil Empire’s minions have slithered-out of our city….and life as an extremely fortunate sports town can resume again. Tonight’s matchup features John Lackey on the mound for the Sox vs. Toronto’s Brandon Morrow….leading-off a three game series that could elevate us into third place in the AL East, if played correctly.
Amidst Saturday night’s fiasco at Fenway, there were some noteable milestones and accomplishments worth mentioning.
Terry Francona is now soley in 3rd place in Red Sox record books, historically for managing his 1,004th game as a Red Sox manager, surpassing Bill Carrigan (1,003).
Boston Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez had his 1,000th career hit on Saturday in the 3rd inning…with a Homer !!
Mr. Jonathan Papelbon (Closer Extrordinaire) is tied for 1st place in the American League with 8 saves.
Tonight’s game is at Fenway Park….kicking-off a 3-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Game # 33 will begin at 7:10pm and be aired on NESN.

Have Cape…..Will Travel




When your team is behind 0-1 in the game, and your guys need a boost to get their game going…..Who you gonna call ?

The Captain

And when things are tied-up and you need another lifeline to get the win ? Who you gonna call ?

The Captain

And when the Ump is a blind newbie bum, and he pisses-off your Ace ? Who’s gonna save the Texas Twister from himself and keep him in the game ?

The Captain

Who saved the day, pretty much all the way around………….The Captain

And let’s not forget our Awesome Tempremental Ace Josh Beckett,and Manager Terry Francona too.    (sox win  3-1 vs. Twins)

I Love Baseball

Back Home Where They Belong

Pesky.jpg   from: Mike Adams’ sports blog*

Congrats to 90-year old Boston Red Sox allum Johnny Pesky on receiving an Honorary Degree from Salem State College. (Doctorate In Humane Letters)  And to Terry Francona for his 492nd win in Seattle on Saturday….only 8 more until your 500th career win as a Red Sox Manager !!  Also, star closer Jonathan Papelbon has only 9 saves until he reaches Bob Stanley’s franchise record of 132 saves !!  Excellent job, and congrats to all.

David Ortiz is set to return to the lineup on Tuesday night at Fenway against the 1st place Toronto Blue Jays. Big Papi missed 3 games in Seattle. Sox slugger Kevin Youkilis will be off the 15 day DL on Wednesday and in the lineup against the Jays. Mark Kotsay will be returning to the bench very soon. And “Dice-K” Matsuzaka will return to his team to pitch in Friday’s game against the NY Mets at Fenway Park. Matsuzaka has been absent from the starting lineup since game 3 of the 2009 season. Welcome back boys !!

While in Seattle, 4 team members were visited by family and friends – because they live in the Northwest area in the off season. Jon Lester (Tacoma WA.), Jacoby Ellsbury (Madras OR.), Jason Bay (Kirkland WA.), and Jeff Bailey (Kelso WA.).  Hope you all had fun catching-up, there will be no more visits from the team to Seattle this season (unless the post season mandates).

I think that FENWAY  FRUITGIRL’s ranting and polling and complaining about the horrid BLUE SOCKS that were worn on the 1st West Coast trip with the new uniforms…..made the offensive blue hosiery disappear !!  Good !!  We are the  RED  SOX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-fenway fruitgirl

Beckett’s 200th Start



Pink Gear.jpgMother’s Day 2009  May 10th 8:05pm at Fenway  Red Sox vs. Tampa Rays

Joshua Patrick Beckett’s  200 Career Start

Red Sox won 4-3 against Tampa (Ramon Ramirez recorded the Win)

David Ortiz (DH) is only 10 homeruns away from his 300th.  He’s currently at 290.

Big Papi is also close to another career milestone, only 17 RBI’s away from 1,000 !!

Terry Francona(manager) not only wisked over to Chapel Hill North Carolina yesterday to attend his daughter’s college graduation, and came back in time for Batting Practice before the game, but he also tied Bill Carrigan’s career managerial win record of 489 wins. 500 is right around the corner Tito, congrats on all milestones.

23 year old RHP  Daniel Bard was brought-up from triple-A Pawtucket yesterday and will wear the number 60. LHP  Javier Lopez has been designated for assignment. Bard is last year’s Minor League Rookie Of The Year, and a pitching phenom with a “wicked”  100-mile an hour fastball.

The Sox have their first “Off” day in 18 days. But they must also find time to travel to the West Coast for Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim CA.  Justin Masterson will be starting pitcher (Filling-in for Matsuzaka) against the Angels’ J. Weaver.  Game start is at a cruel  10:05pm  (Eastern time).  Coffee !  Coffee !

Sox have the AL best winning at home record at  .750 winning percentage. 2nd in MLB behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Chill The Champagne



Our highly esteemed team manager, Mr. Terry Francona will soon be celebrating a major career milestone. I hope to see lots of “HOOPLA” going on after the game when the winning day arrives, and it will hopefully be in Boston.

Francona is positioned to pass the current third place BILL  CARRIGAN  when he gets just 4 more wins.  Here is how the current standings read:

JOE CRONIN           1,071  wins

MIKE HIGGINS           560  wins

BILL CARRIGAN        489  wins

TERRY FRANCONA    486  wins


AND  THAT  MEANS  ONLY  14  GAMES  AWAY  FROM     500  WINS  ! ! ! ! !

Congrats to Terry, and the entire Red Sox organization….hope you stick around long enough to beat Joe Cronin.  We’re a patient bunch, we waited 86 years to win a Championship !!  Great Job Tito, you are respected league-wide.

Mr. Clay Buchholz is the International League’s Pitcher of the Week.  Clay has an impressive    .79 ERA   13 K’s   3 walks   in his past 2 starts.

(He has yet to allow more than 3 hits in a game this year.)  Keep it up Clay-man !


David Ortiz is sad to see that the media has strongly focused on what he isn’t doing,he wants us to have faith…and be patient. After all, he has had a worst slump than this before:

April 17th through July 6th  in 2002    128 at bats    (and bounced-back nicely)*


Remember to enjoy every inning, every game Red Sox Nation.

No “Blame It On The Rain” Video


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OK, So it was a 50 / 50 chance of Rain Delay vs. Game Postponement last night at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox were scheduled to play the second part of a double-header that was supposed to start at  7:10 pm.  That was NOT going to happen. Good thing I brought my rain gear.  No way was I going to sit this one out at home and say “Oh Well….” I can get a little wet for the sake of the game, hell, I can get SOAKED for my Sox !!  If they can get dressed and go out there and play a game in the rain and cold, then I will be there to watch them do it.

I never thought I would see the day that the line for Dunkin Donuts coffee was longer than the one for beer at Fenway.  It was weird, but then again….so was watching the Boston Bruins hockey game  at Fenway on the Super Screen while waiting for our Sox game to start. I was a bit disappointed that Fenway did not air the music video that was made for rain delays by Jonathan Papelbon and Manny DelCarmen called “Blame It On The Rain”.

What I was NOT disappointed about was the performance of my team. Bailey had a great at bat with a 3-run homer that really got things going. Brad Penny was sharp, much better than Friday night’s game vs. the Orioles. We’ve got to cut the guy some slack, he only just pitched his second game at Fenway. He’s not in LA anymore, we are not a bunch of laid-back dudes that surf all day and hang in the Hollywood Hills by night…..we are up-tight, slightly stressed-out and extremely passionate Bostonians (and New Englanders).

Happy 50th Birthday to my friend Terry Francona (4/22), hope you had a good one Tito.

After Pap finished the Twins at 7-3, we officially have a 7-game winning streak going !!



On the way into Fenway, I ran into John Tomase of the Boston Herald and Comcast Sports Tonight – at the time, he thought the game was going to be postponed because the forecast was grim, but I am glad we all lucked-out. I did not want to have to pay another $30 to park again Thursday !! And my drive down is not so short either. Once again, the gods have shined their glorious light down on Fenway Park.  (Hope I spelled your name right John)