It hasn’t even been 24-hours, but all over Boston and even throughout the six New England states, fans are celebrating the first win of 2010 for a Boston sports team.
After watching the Bruins skate to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime, it just seems as if something magical occurred following the victory, but what exactly was it? Boston didn’t win the NHL Stanley Cup and no parades are scheduled this week, so why is everyone incredibly ecstatic?
The reason is because yesterday’s contest, the third annual NHL Winter Classic, which was held at historic Fenway Park, will be remembered as a true Fenway classic.
Everyone knows Fenway Park is the most beloved American ballpark because of the drama, late inning heroics and of course, everyone usually goes home happy, but that doesn’t always occur.
Fenway Park, which opened its doors in April of 1912, has been the home to many classic games such as American League Championships, World Series, All-Star Games, No Hitters, along with tons of homeruns too. Although yesterday, Fenway became the home to the Boston Bruins, an outdoor facility for one day and one day only, but when the sun set on the first day of 2010, history had been made once again at the Red Sox residence.
Trailing 1-0 with 5-minutes remaining in the third period, the Fenway Faithful rose to the occasion, following the singing of their 8th inning rally song, “Sweet Caroline” by cheering, screaming, shouting and possibly praying for the Black and Gold to tie the game.
It just seemed that after all the hype and excitement, the Bruins were going to end this game with a loss, but the Fenway Faithful stood strong, wishing and demanding a goal, which came true when Mark Recchi pushed the puck between the pipes to make it 1-1 with barely two minutes remaining in the third period.
Moments after the horn blared throughout the stadium, Fenway Park erupted. Bedlam had occurred, everyone was cheering as loud as possible and the entire city of Boston, along with its many suburbs were going haywire.
This particular goal was Jonathan Papelbon shutting down the opposition in the 8th inning, an alley hoop pass from Rajon Rondo to Kevin Garnett or even a game tying touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Randy Moss.
Minutes later, the Bruins scored again in overtime, as Marco Sturm assisted Partice Bergeron’s shot to go pass the Flyers goaltender, Michael Leighton and give Boston the much-needed victory.
Watching the celebration made every fan smile, cheer and possibly cry. It was a moment that reminded us all of how Fenway Park is the best place to watch dramatic and classic finishes. In 2004, David Ortiz lifted the Fenway faithful in game 4 of the ALCS against the rival New York Yankees and in 2007, J.D. Drew hit a grand slam during game 6 of ALCS en route to a World Series championship.
Fenway Park has seen great moments over the last century, but this win will certainly have to be one of the proudest moments this ballpark has witnessed throughout its 97-year old history. It truly was a classic Fenway finish.