December 19, 2009

NOW THAT'S AMERICAN:

A lyric little icebox of a park: At Fenway, aging legends and little dreamers take to skates (David Filipov, December 19, 2009, Boston Globe)

The new ice gleamed like silver spread over the carefully manicured outfield turf. The frosty scraping of skates echoed off the grandstands. Bobby Orr, a black and gold blur, whizzed along a background of Monster green.

It was a sports fantasy any Boston fan could appreciate, as Bruins legends climbed onto the ice yesterday for the first skate on the newly built rink in Fenway Park, on a sparkling day as cold as the Red Sox bats in the 2009 playoffs.

Arguably the best spots in this extraordinary confluence of two storied franchises were occupied by Julia Johnson, 8, and her brother, Aidan, 6, stalwarts of the Somerville Mites hockey team. Clad in their team’s red and blue, they skated around the rink as Orr, the Hall of Fame defenseman, playfully pushed them along. Their mother, Karen, cheered them on from behind the glass.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 19, 2009 6:20 AM
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