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Fenway 100th Celebration: Pretty sweet

Apr 20, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

Was tuned in to the Fenway Park 100th celebration going on right now.  This was the scene, as scores of former Red Sox players, in uniform, made their way out to the field from the big garage door in center, each of the players taking their customary position on the Fenway Park field.  Very cool:

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The best moment: Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr’s entrance. They’re in wheelchairs and where pushed out to second base by Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek. You don’t have to be a Red Sox fan to get a little misty at that.

Sadly, MLB.com’s feed of it had no crowd noise at all, the proceedings being drowned out by John Williams music. It felt like I was watching a pre-taped cinematic moment, not a live event.  Poor form, MLB.com.

But maybe the most notable thing — which people there in person tweeted to me and which made me wonder if perhaps it was the reason MLB.com tuned out the crowd noise — was when Terry Francona entered the field.  The crowd gave him the biggest ovation of the day and began chanting “TITO, TITO, TITO!”  So, yeah.

Happy 100th, Fenway Park.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 20, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    I want to be in Bobby Valentine’s office when they ask him about the reception Tito got. I bet that’ll be, um, “entertaining.”

    • wendell7 - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      Great to see the ovation for Francona, glad he decided to attend.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    If Manny had retired, would he have come out of the Monster zipping up his fly?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      That would have been amazing. I’d laugh for weeks.

  3. fearlessleader - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    I’m not, on the whole, a John Williams fan, but the inclusion of the Boston Pops was a classy touch. Too bad they didn’t get someone equally classy to give the toast; Millar is a clown. (And the lack of PA intros meant that dorks like him got bigger ovations than some of the true stars of years past, just by virtue of being recognizable.)

    Most striking “good God I’m old” moment: Seeing how grey Carl Yastrzemski is.

    A really nice event. Too bad Schilling was too busy with his video games (and Clemens with his, uh, legal complications) to participate.

    • jamessmyth621 - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      Anyone else think that Keith Lockhart the Boston Pops conductor was Keith Lockhart the former baseball player?

  4. bradybbgoat - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Gotta love this gem from NESN’s live blog:

    “3:02 p.m. ET: This has taken an interesting turn. Pedro and Millar are addressing the crowd, holding bottles of champagne. I’m not entirely sure what is going on. We should probably just start the game now.”

    But I agree, the ceremony was fantastic.

  5. funkygoorilla - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Ohhhhh man I hope the Yankees win.

  6. Jack Marshall - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Other than Pesky and Doerr, the biggest ovations seemed to go to Yaz, Pesky, Pedro, Tito, Mo Vaughn, Looie, Spaceman, Fisk, Lonborg, Nomar, Buckner (!), Remy, and Billy Conigliaro. But who knows, given the horrible coverage by MLB.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      “Other than Pesky and Doerr, the biggest ovations seemed to go to Yaz, Pesky…”

      Edit button!

  7. jtchernak - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Too bs they didnt get someone = classy? Really the fun of it was that we won a world series with a bunch of goofballs guys. everybody loves Pedro and millar along with all the others. What matters was the fun not the”oh real classy ya, why didnt they celebrate the guys from 1918″

    • fearlessleader - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      Well, okay. There’s “lovable goofball” and there’s “stupid overgrown frat boy.” For my money, Millar is the latter, but YMMV. The Sox aren’t my team, so I won’t try to tell their fans who or what ought to be meaningful to them.

  8. oldpaddy - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    NESN had the crowed drowned out by music too. I’m guessing that was to drown out the “Tito” chants.
    Great show otherwise! It got a little dusty around here…

  9. philliesblow - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    I spent the afternoon at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull celebrating / mourning the other great park that opened 100 years ago today.

  10. crispybasil - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Millar was tanked, and as he himself said, it got awkward. Other than that, beautiful ceremony.

  11. hittfamily - Apr 20, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Pedro and Millar were disgraces. “Who is Karim Garcia?” Buffoons. They were both drunk, and turned a historic celebration into an uncomfortable inside joke. A lot of work went into that, a lot of people traveled a long way to get there, and they turn the microphones over to 2 drunken idiots, pun not intended.

    On a side note, anyone else notice that early 2000’s Braves middle infielder Keith Lockhart was the director of the Boston Pops?

  12. natstowngreg - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Thought Johnny Pesky was dead. Great to learn I was wrong.

    Also great was Francona showing up. Whether he deserved to be fired after last season or not, management treated him most shabbilly. Excellent that the fans acknowledged all he contributed to that franchise.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Pesky is far from dead. He’s been VERY spry and active up until recently.

      In fact, I’d never seen him in a wheelchair before today…sad, but he is in his early 90s. He’s had a great run.

  13. mybrunoblog - Apr 20, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Anyone know why wade Boggs wasn’t there?

    • jimbo1949 - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Couldn’t get his case of beer on the plane.

    • titknocker - Apr 20, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      Also heard they banned fried chicken (Boggs was a huge fried chicken guy)

    • jwbiii - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM

      Scheduling conflict. Charity event in Florida.

  14. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Tito deserves every cheer, and he deserves it being heard.

  15. poprox13 - Apr 20, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Millar is awesome!!! Yes, MLB.com’s music over the crowd noise was just awful!

  16. localbandhero - Apr 20, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Was Sam “Mayday” Malone there?

  17. Chipmaker - Apr 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    I enjoyed and loved the heck out of that mass player entry. A pure treat.

    Minuses: MLB Net fell behind (badly) on getting players’ names on screen, and soon gave it up, which was the right call, just too overwhelming. And, unfortunately, MLB Net cut away a few times to pay the bills, and that really was a very poor decision. This was a once in a lifetime event, and deserved full airtime. C’mon, we see more than enough Miller Beer commercials.

    Pluses: Pedro rallying the crowd. Saving Yaz for last (of course). Names both familiar and forgotten. Wow. Just wow.

    Hopes: do NOT make this an annual event. Maybe every ten years. Hope the Cubs do similar in either 2014 or 2016.

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