N4N was among those selected for an invite to the Sox' first "Great Fenway Yard Sale," so I made the familiar trek to the old ballyard on Sunday.
Basically, for $30, you got the chance to take away two bricks from 96-year-old Fenway and to have your pick of a bunch of other grab bag-type material, including T-shirts (one per customer), yearbooks, media guides, mini-packs of 2007 baseball cards, and such. All in all, a reasonable value (with the chance to subsequently buy a pair of tickets), despite the cries of exploitation in some corners. The bricks are nondescript, although it's cool to have a piece of Fenway in your house.
Some of my fellow attendees actually picked brick by brick through some of the ten or so pallets arrayed near the Gate E entrance, as if they expected to find a long lost message from Ted Williams inscribed upon one or a raft of season tickets under another.
Another section of the event featured other memorabilia: a mystery jersey (wrapped in plastic) for $75 a pop, ballpark seating and signage (a Neil Diamond seating chart, anyone?), and cracked bats from the likes of Alex Cora and Kevin Millar. The vibe was relaxed and friendly, and the event benefited from not being overpopulated.
The dreaded virtual waiting room was another story. As a dutiful fan, I logged on at 10 am Saturday, and by the time I got through (after catching up on my New Yorker, among various other reading materials) at about 8 that evening, only standing room tix and scattered singles were left. The second ticket sale was in progress by the time I got home Sunday, and after about another four or five hours in VWR purgatory, I landed a pair of decent tickets for September games.
Coming up short in the post-season, not to mention the bleak economy, has done little to dim the intense appetite for Sox tickets, a subject I wrote about earlier this year.
Only four months to Opening Day . . .