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It's Opening Day At Fenway

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Fenway Park, on Tuesday (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Fenway Park, on Tuesday (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

One-hundred-year-old Fenway Park hosts the Sox' home opener this afternoon.

The team, to the chagrin of Red Sox Nation, is just 1-5 so far this season. That might be one reason WBUR's Curt Nickisch found relatively few people waiting outside the ballpark earlier:

Early this morning, only 30 fans were waiting in line for game day tickets.

Scott Springer, from Stoughton, has done this for years, and he’s never seen such a small line.

"If I knew it was going to be this short, I probably wouldn’t have stayed overnight," he said. "I would have come here this morning."

Springer says last season’s collapse and the 1-5 start are weighing heavily.

As the Globe reports, this year's start and last year's 7-20 September finish have put Fenway's sellout streak — currently stretching nearly nine seasons — in jeopardy.

Following the September collapse, there was some uproar after it was revealed that a few of the team's players had been drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the clubhouse during games. It's with that in mind that WBUR's Steve Brown earlier today captured this photo of a sign — which he called "cruel" — at the Popeye's by Fenway:

(Steve Brown/WBUR)
(Steve Brown/WBUR)

If you want to look at other photos that maybe don't bring back bad memories of last season, check out Jesse Costa's slideshow of Fenway getting ready for its 100th season.

Today, the Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays. First pitch is at 2:05 p.m.

This program aired on April 13, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Benjamin Swasey Digital Manager
Ben is WBUR's digital news manager.



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