By Charlotte Wilder
FOX Sports Columnist
Twenty years ago, the area around Fenway Park was a run-down, dilapidated, beautifully grungy stretch between the lush green of the emerald necklace riverway and the stately gardens of Boston’s back bay.
David Ortiz Drive didn’t exist yet, and there were a lot of radio stations along Boylston Street — metal-sided garage doors and gray concrete were graffitied with the stations’ call letters. The Howard Johnson’s sign hadn’t been updated since the ‘70s.
It was the perfect place for the Red Sox and their fans to call home. The team hadn’t won anything in eight decades. Now, four World Series titles later, Fenway is as shiny as the trophies. Big high-rises, Whole Foods and a multi-story Target sit next to the new, hip hotel that replaced the Howard Johnson’s. Now there’s too much hardware, too many nice things.
Boston fans really shouldn’t be allowed to have them.
A billboard recently popped up near the ballpark, near Lansdowne Street and the Cask ‘n Flagon, a bar most Red Sox fans know they’ve been to but can’t remember. The blue banner sits high in the sky, sporting white writing that reads, “Dear Boston, THANK YOU FOR MOOKIE BETTS. Sincerely, Dodger Fans and @pantone294.”
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this blight upon the Boston skyline ever since I first saw it, but for those of you who actually have lives, let me give you some background. Then I’ll tell you why I’ve become obsessed…