An Olde Towne toast
It was a day for anthems and icons, for Pedro, Pudge, and Pesky, and a Hall of Fame reunion in left field. A day to remember, in other words, followed by a game to forget.
It was all great . . . until the game started. No organization serves history and tradition better than the Red Sox. The Olde Towne Team treated an ever-loyal constituency to a boffo bash on Friday, celebrating the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. No less than 212 former Red Sox players, coaches, and managers emerged from every corner of the ancient ballfield in a cornball, cornfield pregame ceremony that raised hair on forearms and sparked memories of 10 decades of hardball heartaches and triumph.