April 2012

The Old and the New Come Together at Fenway’s 100th Anniversary Game

Here are a few more shots from Friday’s game.  The fly over, pre-game ceremonies with Red Sox greats taking the field, Girl Scouts stopping by to show the Fenway the Dog 100th Anniversary Dog Treats to Mayor Menino*, and last one….I am not sure, and I don’t believe in ghosts- but it looks like this is “Nuf Ced”  McGreevy at the game.  Today’s Red Sox fans just don’t bring megaphones,wear bowler hats…and certainly are able to detach themselves from their unlit cigars for the game – I think they are a choking hazard too.

My favorite was seeing all of the old players return to Fenway Park.  If I were able to have tears, I would have cried- it was touching. Actually, tonight’s game is rained out…maybe Someone Up There is having a really big cry for our team.  People tell me that they always feel better after a good cry, not sure how that feels, but sounds like a good idea.  Maybe after the Big Cry things will be better, hope there is not thunder, and I am bummed there won’t be a rainbow because it will be dark. As you know, dogs have less colors in their rainbows: they are still cool.

One more great thing that happened at that game- Kevin Millar and Pedro Martinez  lead the crowd as toastmasters to set the Guinesss Book of World Records record for the largest toast (I might have a photo of that coming for you- it was hard to hold the cup and take a photo and I was afraid they might count me as a non-participant).

There are a great deal of magical memories at Fenway Park- people witness and experience them there.  Some are painful, but most are rich and happy.  Fans bring these memories home with them,  re-live them in their minds, and keep coming back for more.  Call me sentimental, but I like that memories are gifts which can be shared and can’t be taken away from you. I hope you all remember how it feels to have a winning season rise from the tears of loss.

thanks for reading and believing,

Fenway the Dog

* The Girl Scouts even sold some to Mrs. Menino and Dan Shaughnessy some Dog Treats.

Nuf Ced*

This was my colleague and me at the Fenway Open House Thursday- I chose it because this is how I feel after this game today and it looks like he is concerned and comforting me. Right now, I am trying to remember the bright side of this week, which includes recalling that 54,000 fans came to walk around the Park that day. I was also touched to have so many of  those visitors stop by to share their stories about the Girl Scouts, service dogs, beloved family pets, and  their devotion to the Red Sox through good times and bad.  That is some of what we, as service dogs are trained to do- be there to smooth out the rough spots. Those things help me to refocus on what is important, and that I am a proclaimed optimist. At today’s painful loss to the Yankees, I think we needed an army of Canine Companion dogs to console our fans.

I am planning on keeping the faith.  That is what Red Sox fans do…please stay with me.

thanks for following,

Fenway the Dog

 

*these were the words of “Nuf Ced” McGreevy ” Above is his photo and some background from Wikipedia which I found very interesting- maybe you will too, and hope it distracts you from any pessimistic thoughts which might be swirling around in your head about the season.

Michael T. “Nuf Ced” McGreevey was the leader of the most vocal fans of the “Boston Americans”(now the Boston Red Sox), today known as the  “Royal Rooters”. McGreevey owned the Third Base Saloon, which got its name because, like third base, it was the last stop before home. His saloon was Boston’s original sports bar – it was decorated in a baseball theme, with pictures of the players, and a scoreboard on the outside wall. His nickname “Nuf Ced” was given to him because that was what he usually shouted to end barroom disputes, usually about the Boston Americans and the Boston Braves.

McGreevey amassed a rich collection of photographs, clippings, and other baseball memorabilia. When Prohibition forced McGreevey to close Third Base, he donated his collection to the Boston Public Library. Author Glenn Stout (A Red Sox Century) helped popularize the collection when he worked at the library.

The theme song of the “Royal Rooters” was “Tessie”from the Broadway musical “The Silver Slipper”. McGreevey was immortalized in a 2004 remake of the song by the Irish American punk band Dropkick Murphys. It subsequently was part of the soundtrack of the movie Fever Pitch concerning fans of the 2004 season of the Red Sox.

In 2008, Dropkick Murphys  bassist  Ken Casey  re-opened Third Base, although it is no longer known as such. Now the tavern is known as McGreevey’s and can be converted to open-air. There is also a sign on the front of the bar that says “1200 Steps to Fenway Park.” It is on Boylston Street and is right across the street from the Hynes Convention Center located in the Back Bay of Boston.

(Fenway Park just opened a room named after him at Fenway Park called the Royal Rooters’ Club”)

Looking Forward, Looking Back

This is going to be a great season and celebration of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary.  I want to start with this shot from the Green Monster on Opening Day (a great win, and proof that sometimes good things happen on Friday the 13th).  There are interesting and exciting things happening and lots to talk about- Girl Scout Dog Treats at Fenway,  55,000 visitors who came to Fenway Park yesterday for a free Open House and autographs with past and present players, MSNBC Morning Joe broadcasting from the field this morning, today’s game which will be packed with surprises (great TiVO material), and that is just the beginning.  Maybe people would shift their talk to these things rather than other old stuff like  Seamus the dog. I would like to have some dreams about old Fenway, and new world series rather than nightmares of riding on the roof of a car like a dead moose.

Thanks for reading and thanks for writing back,

Fenway the Dog

 

Great Start to Opening Day

Just in case you might not look through the entire paper this morning, stop by pages 26 & 27 of the Herald.  This issue is packed with other great photos and stories about Fenway Park- check it out.

thanks for reading,

Fenway the Dog

Ready for Fenway Baseball

Hello everyone:

Fenway Park, it looks better than ever.  The grass is green, the paint is touched up, and there are great displays and artifacts of Red Sox history all over the place.  My friends, the advance men* went over to Fenway Park today to set up the table for the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary dog treat sale.  Please come and say hi to me in person if you are at the game tomorrow.  I will be inside Gate A with some of my Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts & Canine Companions friends for the first 3 innings.  We will be at the official Girl Scout Dog Treat table …and this will be my first and last sales job. Hope to see you. In case you can’t come to a game, the treats will also be available in the Twins Team Store on Yawkey Way starting tomorrow and until we run out. I understand from my friend Dave, that many people go over to the store when a game gets a little tense to distract themselves with retail purchases.  Sounds like a great idea.

For sure i won’t sleep much tonight- I can’t stand the suspense- my FIRST Red Sox game, 100th Anniversary celebration, Friday the 13th (don’t know how I feel about that number but I don’t feel like being superstitious – it is so un-doglike- we just walk on by that stuff).

thanks for following, thanks for not thinking that a few early losses define the season,

Fenway the Dog

*pictured here…Nagal sporting winning smile, Vernell looking regal.  I know you really can’t tell from the photo where the table is, but it is just a hint.

Clubhouse



Here is one more shot from ‘inside’ Fenway Park.  Good thing this sign did not stop me from entering the Red Sox Clubhouse for a look*. We service dogs are trained to not be unnerved by such things as sirens, crowds or traffic…we certainly would not be deterred by  a sign on a door (clearly not addressing us).   Anyway, inside, we discovered the players’ new hydrotherapy pool which might be a place to do some after-hours relaxing with friends.  I wonder if our fur will be a problem in the filter (perhaps we will have to enjoy it without the jets).

I love water, and find it very therapeutic.

Fenway the Dog

*this is my friend Vernell in the photo-it was actually his idea to disregard the Restricted Area sign.

Paint Me Happy

Hello everyone:

I thought you all might like these photos of finishing touches on Fenway Park.

…great win tonight…I really wasn’t worried at all, and can’t wait for our home opener this Friday!

Love,

Fenway the Dog

 

P.s. Hope you all also saw the newest billboard for the Girl Scout dog treats on Ipswitch and Boylston.  Being a little on the short side, I thought the trees need a bit of trimming on the left side.  I always seem to get stopped at that light, so I get an opportunity to enjoy it longer (better to see by sticking my head out of the sunroof because I am not driving).  Hope you all get stopped there too.  You will have to see it for yourselves- it is safer than pulling over on the Pike to see the other billboard location.


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