If Yankee Stadium is the house that Ruth built, then both Fenway Park and Wrigley Field can be dubbed, “The House that Theo Built” It’s always a moving experience watching a game at Fenway Park. There’s so many types of fans from all walks of life strolling through the turnstiles on Yawkey Way. There’s the kind that want to be a part of the experience of “So I can say I saw a game at Fenway Park” then their are fans who have to see the Cubs and the Red Sox before their buckets are kicked and finally, there are fans like me and you who live and breath these two historic franchises, seeing them play each other brings us back to a time and place when things were a lot more simpler than they are today.
The Cubs lost last night 5-4 from the team that brought you Ted Williams and David Ortiz. Even though the Cubs lost, there was an awesome moment in the 1st inning when Kris Bryant crushed one over the Green Monster. It was his first home run of his career at baseball’s oldest park.
“It was probably one of my favorite home runs, considering my family is from this area and my dad [was drafted by the Red Sox] and all that,” Bryant said. “It felt really good.”
It was fun watching him hit the blast. These two storied franchises have a lot of fans. The chorus of “Go Sox Go! was hard to distinguish from “Go Cubs Go!” add to the fact that the two teams share an historic drought shattered by a Harvard grad, and you’ll have a Cooperstown bond like no other sports teams in history. When these teams get together, it’s almost like a family reunion.
“I’m definitely a Bostonian,” Theo Epstein said. “You only have one hometown. This is my hometown. It’s more than that to me too. I fell in love with baseball here, my parents and brother still live here. I spent 10 years working in this ballpark every day, My first son was born here, I met my wife here. I’ll always have a real affection for the Red Sox.”
The thing to with these teams is if you’re a baseball fanatic, there’ll always be a special part of these teams in you. Whatever walk of life you come from, unless you’re a Yankee fan, you’ll find something deep down inside to cheer for these teams. When we visited Boston a couple of years ago, these Bostonians live and breath baseball. What made it even more special was they’d tip their caps my way. At that time there was a drought, they felt the suffering and acknowledged it. Last night, even though the Cubs lost, there was a celebration and a homecoming.
“Red Sox baseball is ingrained in the fabric of this whole region, so when you’re part of it, you feel a greater obligation. To have that exact same level of passion and same experience in Chicago, I feel fortunate. I don’t know if I could go anywhere else and work, because it would feel like work. In Boston and Chicago, it doesn’t feel like work, it feels like a privilege and you’re part of the family.”