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    October 10, 2012:
    Long Live Fenway Park

    Posted by Christine E. at 1:56 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Red Sox Comment (1)

    As I watch my Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Collector’s set (It’s 12 DVD’s, so it’s taking a while), I came across a recited version of the lovely poem Long Live Fenway Park, written by the official poet laureate of Fenway, Dick Flavin.

    Below is the poem in its entirety, the special verse written for the Fenway Centennial. Every time I read it, it gets a little dusty here in the BRT Home Office.

    Enjoy.

    LONG LIVE FENWAY PARK

    Dick Flavin

    For a hundred years she’s stood here,
    Heard cheering, seen our tears.
    Through all the good times and the bad
    Fenway perseveres.

    She’s baseball’s great crown jewel,
    A treasure — this is why.
    Look out there on her field, you’ll see
    The ghosts of games gone by.

    There’s Babe Ruth standing on the mound,
    Ted Williams at the plate.
    And someone’s great grandfather
    Just came in through the gate.

    That’s Yaz patrolling in left field,
    In center, Freddie Lynn;
    Cronin’s playing shortstop
    But Pesky’s coming in.

    Luis Tiant whirls and spins
    And then he lets it go.
    There’s another leaping catch
    By Dom DiMaggio.

    Jim Rice lines one off the wall,
    Malzone comes in to score.
    Pedroia makes a diving stop,
    Or is that Bobby Doerr?

    Fisk hits one deep into the night.
    Will it be foul or fair?
    It caroms off the foul pole
    And the cheers still fill the air.

    Dewey Evans’ rifle arm
    Just cut a runner down.
    There’s Tony C, still young and strong,
    The toast of his hometown.

    Roberts steals another base
    Pinch running for Millar.
    There’s Radatz, Lonborg, Jimmie Foxx,
    And Pedro and Nomar.

    Look closely. You can see them all.
    They come here everyday.
    Fenway was and is their home.
    It’s where her ghosts still play.

    And in the dugout by first base,
    There sits the current squad.
    Someday they will take their place
    With all the Fenway gods.

    That’s why this place is magic,
    Why she’s made such a mark.
    She’s one hundred and still going strong.
    And long live Fenway Park!

    One Response to “October 10, 2012:
    Long Live Fenway Park”

    1. Review: Fenway Park: Home of the Boston Red Sox 100th Anniversary Collectors Set. » Boston Red Thoughts says:

      [...] Sox Nation, and the beautiful and haunting poem Long Live Fenway Park (you can read the whole thing here) by the official Poet Laureate of Fenway Park, Dick [...]

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