1986 is a distant memory. Mets and Red Sox fans unite at Fenway Park.

1986 is a distant memory. Mets and Red Sox fans unite at Fenway Park.

by Nick Giacone September 17, 2018 0 Comments

Very rarely do opposing fans find unity in the middle of a baseball game. But this was the case during the Mets 5-3 defeat to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. In the bottom of the 8th inning with the Mets trailing, both Mets fans and the Fenway faithful came together for one cause: Cheering against the New York Yankees. And it was glorious:

If you were in Boston this weekend for the The7Line’s #WickedLoyal outing, then you experienced something truly special and historic. This was the biggest outing for the T7LA to date in one of the more storied MLB stadiums. But, there were a few magic moments that made the Boston outing standout:

The Parade. The pregame at King’s was a great meet-up spot, and T7LA packed the place pretty quickly. But the parade to Fenway stole the glory from any and all pregame activities. The half mile or so walk to the stadium boasted a sea of blue and orange shutting down traffic, horn honks from the Massachusetts Turnpike, and even a TV appearance:

The Red Sox owner came by. Yes, you read that correctly. Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry came by to hang out with the T7LA, thank us for visiting Fenway, and chat with Darren:

This is one of the ultimate signs of respect. The Red Sox certainly don’t struggle to sell out their games, and they certainly didn’t have to grant us 1,629 seats in their stadium. But they did, and on top of that, they’re owner paid us a visit. In unrelated news, the Yankees mysteriously can’t find seats for us when the Mets play at Yankee Stadium.

Stadium Unity. Sure, there were plenty of opposing chants, and ultimately we wanted our boys to win, but the Red Sox fans were a fun group to get rowdy with. First came the fan rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline’, featuring some ‘Cheers’ Fatheads:

Then came those “Yankees Sucks” chants. The Mets-Red Sox relationship is an interesting one, and some ill-will from the 1986 World Series may remain, but that was decades ago and the Red Sox have won three World Series’ since. The relationship now shares one unified notion: dislike for The New York Yankees. As we mentioned earlier, that common bond came to a forefront in the bottom of the 8th inning: It was a pretty epic moment to be a part of. And as expected, Twitter elicited some mixed reviews. Some thought it was great:

 

And some didn’t take it so well:

 

 

 

To recap, the T7LA Boston outing was one for the ages. Sure, we came away with the L, but this was bigger than a win or a loss. It was about bringing 1,629 Mets fans to one of the most historic Ballparks in America. It was about finding a common ground with an opposing fanbase. It was about showing the world just how great the community of Mets fans can be, regardless of how well the team is playing. Most importantly, it was about enjoying a game of baseball.


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