All the talk around Yankees fans singing Sweet Caroline at Yankees Stadium this week as a sign of support for Boston reminded me of this:
I took this photo on Sept 21, 2001 — the first game at Fenway after 9/11. (After 9/11, I went home to hang w/ Mom & Dad for a week). For anyone that doesn’t remember, it was really hard to get back to doing anything “normal” and even going to the game in an effort to get back to normal felt inappropriate. But we went. And it was more comforting than anyone thought to focus on something besides the news for a few hours.
Anyway, in the 4th inning, Fenway played Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” over the loud speaker.
We were sitting in the bleachers — the rowdiest section of Fenway — and as soon as the music started playing, I remember thinking “this is never going to work”… because it’s Boston… and Boston hates New York… and the Red Sox hate the Yankees. (remember, this is still 3 years before the Sox finally beat the Yankees in the ALCS)
But it was awesome, like “butterflies in your stomach” awesome.
And then at the end, after all of Fenway sang a song honoring New York, and there were those two seconds of silence/reflection, some guy in the bleachers yells “YANKEES STILL SUCK!” and we all laughed and then it felt like things were kind of normal again.
Anyway, figured I’d share. (cribbed a little from a “getting back to normal” post I wrote a few years ago)