I grew up in Massachusetts and have always been a Red Sox fan. I was glued to the TV during the 1967 World Series. I remember that infamous home run that Pudge Fiske hit in the 6th game of the 1975 World Series. In 1978 it was Bucky “F#@&ing” Dent and then agony in 1986 when Bill Buckner let the ball go between his legs.
In October of 2004 I wept tears of joy when The Sox, after losing 3 games in a row, came back to win the final 4 games of the American League Championship beating those Damn Yankees. As we all know that spectacular comeback was followed by a 4 game sweep of the Cardinals winning the 2004 World Series. The curse had been reversed!
My husband Bernie, a native New Yorker and Yankee fan (boo hiss), and I moved to Christiansburg VA to buy The Oaks Victorian Inn 5 years ago. Guess what, the Oaks is just 30 minutes from The Salem Red Sox! My dear sweet husband has indulged me and rooted for the Salem Red Sox for these past 5 years. Games at Little Fenway are a lot of fun and the most expensive seat in the stands is only $11 bucks same day, $9 if you buy in advance. After the top of each inning, they play silly games with the fans like The Newlywed Game, Dance with Mugsy the Mascot for a free dinner at Mac and Bob’s, pop fly bucket catch for free t-shirts, and pony races on bouncy horses. Friday night home games are followed by fireworks and there is always some kind of promo like Harry Potter night, Christmas in July, Come as your favorite super hero, Clunker Car night, etc.
For 5 years The Red Sox have enjoyed the support of Bernie Wurtzburger Yankee fan, but all good things must come to an end. The town of Pulaski, just 30 minutes south of The Oaks said goodbye to their Mariners farm team last year and will be hosting a new team this year. Dare I say it? On June 23rd those Damn Yankees are coming to southwest Virginia!