Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

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Day of the Truck

Heidi was happy! (Police officer was cold!)*

It was rainy.  It was chilly.  We got yelled at to “move away” by the folks doing actual work because the truck took up half of Van Ness Street and there were cars trying to make their way down (also, the people doing the actual work didn’t seem overjoyed at having people with cameras and kids gawking at them and getting in their way – can’t say I blame them).  We only saw Wally for about three minutes and that was just to give away jetBlue caps and the only other “celebrities” there were Heidi Watney and a brief cameo by Larry Lucchino.

Yet it was the most fun I’ve had all winter!

Every fan there yesterday was happy.  I’m not sure there were more than 50 Red Sox fans there by the time the truck rolled away, but the fans who were there were smiling and excited and eager to discuss baseball and the significance of watching the truck get loaded and on its way.

There was a tweet yesterday that the Globe’s Eric Wilbur retweeted and added commentary to:Wilbur followed his up by saying that he is “tired of the unending Sox marketing machine”.  Aside from the signage on the truck, the only other “marketing” yesterday was Wally tossing fans jetBlue caps (okay they toss soft baseballs with the jetBlue logo on them as well…big deal).  There was a small group of fans, including some children, who knew being there was silly but it was FUN.  That’s all.  No one tried to sell us anything.  No one asked us for money to stand there in the rain and watch them load baby toys (seriously) on to the truck.  We did it because it was FUN.

Truck day has gone on much longer than the current owners have been with the Red Sox.  Fans have always gone to Fenway Park to watch it leave, it’s just more publicized than it used to be.  If you have a problem with this, I’d venture you have a problem with the ownership in general (as Mr. Wilbur seems to) because there was nothing negative about yesterday.  Again.  IT WAS FUN.

I know fun might be a foreign concept to some who cover sports but, really, the stick needs to be taken out of some asses in the Boston sports media.

The people at Fenway yesterday were happy.  Hell, Heidi Watney was DANCING at one point.  People took pictures of a truck and discussed the upcoming season with fellow Sox fans.  Many who were there were also planning on being at some of the Spring Training games and this was their pregame warmup of sorts.  I will never understand why so many in this town need to crap on the things that most people just find enjoyable.

I was at Fenway Park yesterday being reminded that on Sunday baseball season is beginning.  No one made me go.  I didn’t have to pay for anything, I just stood there happily staring at “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” and getting excited for the 2011 season.  How can that possibly be a bad thing?

*Visit my Flickr page for more photos from the day

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February 9, 2011 - Posted by | 2011 | ,

11 Comments »

  1. I live vicariously through you and Kelly when ya go!!! thanks for always posting pictures and videos!! Truck Day is when Baseball officially begins as far as I’m concerned.

    Comment by Tex19 | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  2. Excellent column, Cyn. Truck Day is the symbolic jumpoff point for the start of 2011 baseball. It looks like it was a fun time yesterday. But yet spoil sports like Wilbur have to criticize it. The Sox weren’t selling anything, just sharing some love with the fans. Thanks for being there and reporting on the festivities!

    Comment by TheOmnipotentQ | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  3. good for you, cyn!

    Comment by jojo | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  4. Love seeing Truck Day! Thanks Cyn.

    Comment by Sharpie | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  5. Well said, as ever, Cyn. HOORAY for Truck Day!!!!

    Comment by Elaine Apthorp | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  6. It’s like people forget that sports franchises are for-profit businesses — and one big marketing machine all the time, not just with stuff like this — and not publicly owned property or historical landmarks.

    To me a lot of the “Truck Day is so over” bellyaching is also just your typical hipster disavowal of something they feel they discovered / invented, but now UNCOOL people know about it too. Just pure elitism.

    What I REALLY don’t like is that it’s become a gimmick in other cities now that it’s been so publicized with the Sox, other cities that NEVER did this type of thing before. It’s like, create your OWN local traditions, geez. A lot of that also leads to the backlash about Truck Day in baseball in general as a stupid publicity stunt, and people forget what’s still real about it, which is what you’ve described above.

    Was it a little bit more fun when it was an ‘in joke’ or a sign of deeper dedication as fans in this town? Sure, maybe. Has it EVER been a big deal or worth getting into religious wars over, in any case? NFW. There really isn’t ANYTHING else to muckrake about right now?

    Comment by beth | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  7. Also? The Sox have three choices: a) nonstop marketing machine while preserving as much tradition as they can and keeping ticket prices high b) tearing down Fenway Park, building another stadium with more seats in another location and maybe ease up off the ticket prices a bit c) going out of business.

    If you want Sox tickets to stay mostly below $200 face value, and want the Sox to stay at Fenway, you’re gonna have to put up with some marketing. Sorry! Unless you’ve got a better business plan, either don’t bitch about the marketing, or don’t bitch about the cost of tickets.

    Comment by beth | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  8. When I was in Boston in December, I hugged the outside wall of Fenway Park. I am no one to mock the “silliness” of anything.

    There are a lot of rituals involved in baseball. Truck day is just another one of them. I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

    Comment by Alexis | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  9. Reminds me of the time last year I got an email asking what is there to do during Red Sox batting practice and was it worth it… If you have to explain it, they won’t understand.

    Comment by Kristen | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  10. Cripes, do they not understand how long winter is and how we miss baseball? Although, Fenway Park covered with snow makes me weep. Always has. Must be a weird childhood trauma. You don’t want to be next to me when I’m on the Mass Pike coming into Boston in February, cause I’ll be bawling my eyes out.

    Comment by Jan | February 9, 2011 | Reply

  11. Tweet @GlobeEricWilbur – I find your opinion incredibly stupid. I only volunteer my stupid opinion because you volunteered yours.

    Comment by Brain | February 10, 2011 | Reply


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