The Trials and Tribulations of a Starving Red Sox Fan

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I have written and read about many Red Sox fans over and over again.  They all seem to have their favorite players and their fondest memories.  They pass their love down from one generation to the next and they don’t seem to miss a game, no matter where they are. But what about those fans who can’t afford the luxurious life of season’s tickets and players’ shirts and paraphernalia of sorts?  How do they get their fix? I can explain.  Although this year has been my first year of taking on the role of a Red Sox fan it hasn’t been easy, but I’ve somehow miraculously seemed to manage.

It all began when I took on this role as a writer for the Yawkey Way Report.  I had no idea of what I was getting myself into (in a good way).  The role as a writer would mean I would have to follow the Red Sox to a  ‘T’— no ifs, ands, or buts about it.  I had obviously not thought it through.  But as a person who takes on many challenges in life and seems to overcome all obstacles, I knew where there was a will, there was a way.  Without a T.V or the Internet I began watching the games at my parent’s house and listening to them on the radio in my car.  I sat myself at the nearest coffee shops many a time and listened to MLB radio.  As time went on and the season continued(s) things changed, for the worst.  I no longer had my parents to rely on and my car, well that’s another story.  The internet remained non-existent, but there was still the Boston Globe and USA Today.  Also, the train wasn’t far from where I live so I took frequent trips to Fenway just to be in the midst of it all.  Upon interviewing many individuals, Red Sox fans and people who worked for the organization, I knew I too could remain in the heart and soul of it all.  I may not have the stats all the time and I may be the last to find out Will Middlebrooks is back, but the key is, I know.  That’s a true Red Sox fan.  Someone who cannot afford the games and rarely has the opportunity to listen to them via T.V, the Internet and the radio; someone who takes the time to stop a person on the street, on Yawkey Way or Landsdowne to catch up on the latest Red Sox news; someone who randomly meets retired players at a local cafe (Dwight Evans) and has the courage to go up to them and ask if she can interview him because she knows it’s an opportunity far from the norm, is considered, in my mind, a Red Sox fan.

If there is anyone alike that may have doubts on how to follow the Red Sox without the glorious advantages of being able to do so much, well, the first thing you can do, is realize you are a Red Sox fan and nothing, not anything, can stop you from being in touch and being a part of the most dedicated organization in baseball.

This post was inspired by my venture to Yawkey Way this beautiful afternoon.  I took the train in for just over $14.00 and sat myself down in the heart of Fenway.  I watched as the fans walked by in their gear (even though the Sox are away,) and the tourists as they shot photos of their families and friends at every sign that suggested Red Sox.

Boston, One Strong City

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What a week, Boston! What a week. In the last 5 days, our city has gone from celebrating Patriot’s Day with the  traditional running of the Boston Marathon and a Red Sox day game, to a city horrified, terrorized and under siege, to a city who has shown the bad guys that we are not a city to be messed with.Boston is one strong city.

In an effort to respect the carnage and unimaginable events that have plagued our beloved city for the past week, we at Yawkey Way Report have been on a brief hiatus. As managing editor, I felt it was in poor taste to discuss JBJ being sent down to Pawtucket or Red Sox pitching or anything else that would draw our attention away from the real life tragedy we, as a city, were faced with. While it’s true that sometimes we just need a distraction from the horrors of real life, and that sports provides that distraction for many, it’s unfair to pull our writers’ away from their loved ones during a time of tragedy just to focus on a baseball player.

The city was hit, knocked down even, but we were not knocked out. We got up, dusted ourselves off, and won.

Yawkey Way Report would like to thank the many courageous men and women in uniform for a job well done. We would also like to extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to the families of the victims.

The Sox are back home today for the Fenway’s 101st birthday, the sun may or may not make an appearance here in Boston, and Yawkey Way Report staff are back to work.

Boston is one strong city.