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Craig, you asked for an exterior shot of Fenway Park. This was taken just before midnight on October 30, about an hour after the Sox won the World Series. This is the main facade of the park, dating from 1912; the street going off to the right in front of the park is Yawkey Way, named after the long-time owner of the Red Sox during the 30s - 70s. (The story of Yawkey's ownership is a long and mixed one, too long for this note). Gate A is the main gate, roughly just to the left field side of home plate. You can just see the 1903 WS banner hanging over Gate A.

I guess baseball is over for the year. I want to see more, but there won't be any. It's winter now. The quote below is one of my favorite baseball quotes, perfectly encapsulating why baseball is such a wonderful sport (see also Tom Boswell's book, Life Begins on Opening Day). It's perhaps more suitable to a losing season than to this one, but still captures the essence. The quote is from A. Bartlett Giamatti, a poet who became president of Yale and then became commissioner of baseball in 1989, and sadly died about nine months later.

"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone."

If you're interested, I've posted some shots from Games 1 and 6 of the WS on flickr here.

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