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Five Ways for Die-Hard Boston Sports Fans to Mourn End of Sox Season

The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston by Christopher Klein

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BOSTON, Mass. — “It’s just like the bad old days. Doom and gloom has returned to Boston,” says Christopher Klein, author of The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston (Union Park Press, Boston, MA), of the far-too-abrupt end to the Red Sox season. “Luckily, there are some therapeutic steps that Sox fans can take to cope with the sickening sensation in their stomachs and count down the days until April 5, 2010, when the home team returns to the Hub to take on the New York Yankees.” Klein offers up these pilgrimages and possibilities to keep Sox fans preoccupied until Opening Day:

  1. Drown those sorrows. Commiserate with fellow die-hard Sox fans at the atmospheric Bleacher Bar on Lansdowne Street. There’s nothing like rooting against the Yankees while soaking in a view of Fenway Park to lift the spirit of Red Sox Nation.
  2. Back to Ruth’s roots. Babe Ruth not only made his debut with the Red Sox, but he also ended his career in the Hub with the Boston Braves as well. Daytrip to Sultan of Swat sites around Greater Boston: his old farmstead, Home Plate Farm, on Dutton Road in Sudbury (all that is left is the farmhouse and, rumor has it, the remains of his piano that landed in nearby Willis Pond one wild night); grab a drink at Hotel Vernon in Worcester, where Ruth was a regular; and visit BU’s Nickerson Field, the site of the former Braves Field.
  3. Remember the good old days. Northeastern University is located on the site of the old Huntington Avenue Grounds, where the Red Sox won the first World Series in 1903. Discover landmarks that commemorate the old grounds and the glory days: the footpath named World Series Way, the statue of Cy Young that marks the spot of the ballyard’s old mound, a home plate marker embedded in the grass sixty feet and six inches away, and a display of artifacts on the second floor of 400 Huntington Avenue. Relish in the past…dream of the future.
  4. Relive happier moments (like the 2004 World Series). Sox fans will find plenty to renew the faith inside The Sports Museum, especially with the “Tale of Two Cities” exhibit, which displays Boston and New York newspaper articles from the epic 2004 ALCS comeback against the Yankees. Check the website for admission details: http://www.tdgarden.com/sportsmuseum.
  5. Warm up in Fort Myers. Spring Training is just around the corner, so book tickets this winter to get ready for the 2010 season. Catch workouts in the mornings, games at City of Palms Park, and up-close opportunities to see the Sox get ready for a new season and a fresh start.

The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston is now available in bookstores and online. For a review copy or to inquire about Christopher Klein’s availability for an interview or author event contact: [email protected]

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