Traveling today, leaving the land of Fenway Park and returning to the land of sun and sand.
The weekend of Fenway’s centenary celebration was both a huge success and a colossal failure.
The celebration was spectacular, poignant, respectful, touching, warm and memorable. There were 212 former Red Sox who simply appeared on the field from different places. Some bringing resounding cheers and chants and some simply strolling into history on the field they may have called home for but a season or even less.
Jason Varitek, Johnny Pesky, David Ortiz, Bobby Doerr and Tim Wakefield.
The last five to appear were the oldest, most recently retired and the man who holds the link from the 2004 World Championship team.
Everything that the celebration was, the baseball was not. The game on Friday was a lackluster flat effort that brought a 6-2 defeat and as for Saturday, well a 9-0 lead evaporating in a 15-9 defeat says more than I could!
However, on a personal note, Kerry, David and I enjoyed two very successful book signings and met some wonderful folks along the way. We were also the recipients of some very nice reviews from a couple of folks who found our Images of Fenway Park to their liking!
One on Amazon…..http://www.amazon.com/Fenway-Images-America-David-Hickey/dp/0738576883/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1335229410&sr=8-7
Another on a blog called Lost Cowboys Found….http://lostcowboyfound.com/blog/?p=3422
Check them out….And tomorrow we will take a look at the celebration and the ceremony.
Oh, and the Red Sox ended their skid in Minnesota with a come from behind 6-5 win where the bullpen prevailed! There’s hope!
And so it is on this date in Fenway Park history, April 24, 2012.
Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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