20 Apr

Red and blue striped shirts for the Red Soxstriped-shirt-birthday-cake-image

Today is an amazing day for Red Sox fans, but frankly all fans of baseball, of America, of traditions, of history. Baseball is the ultimate American pastime, and while there are dozens of beautiful ball parks out there, major and minor league, Spring training, etc., there are but two historic parks left: Wrigley and Fenway.

Today, April 20, 2012, Fenway Park turns 100. Happy birthday old girl!

Anyone who has been to Fenway knows it’s a magical place. And no more magical than October 2004, when the Sox miraculously came back from being down 3 to the Evil Empire, to win 4 in a row and go on to win the World Series, first time in 86 years, breaking the Curse of the Bambino. If you are a Sox fan, or just a baseball fan (as long as you aren’t a Yankees fan), and haven’t yet watched the ESPN 30for30 on Four Days in October, DO IT. You will have chills, you will cry! http://30for30.espn.com/film/four-days-in-october.html

The Red Sox, that team, that park, means so much to my fam, our oldest daughter, born that same year, has the middle name of Fenway. My mother tried to discourage us, telling me Fenway means “swamp area.” No luck. Then and now, we think it’s a pretty cool name.

And, of course, my love for the Sox, and their park, was a big motivator to start stripedshirt. I wear my red and blue with pride, often, even during slow season starts, end of season implosions, or clubhouse beer and fried chicken scandals. So today, give a little cheer for Red Sox Nation and our amazing Fenway Park. 100 years is worth a hat tip, even from a Yankees fan!

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