Life in the bleachers at Fenway Park

Life in the bleachers at Fenway Park

Baseball is never boring in the bleachers. Just ask the Red Sox players who are out there. “The bleachers are fun,” says Sox reliever Joe Kelly. “They’re probably the most fun group in the stadium. It’s kind of like a party out there. But I think they are the most knowledgeable of fans and the most intense. I’m a big fan of them.” Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie has seen it all in the bleachers since becoming bullpen catcher in 1997. He remembers Literacy Night in 2001 where fans received a poster of Sox pitcher Derek Lowe. But in the 9th inning that night Lowe blew the save. When LeVangie hurriedly grabbed his mitt to warm up Rod Beck they were both bombarded. “Before you know it there seemed like 1000 airplanes came down at us and they were big and they were landing on the field and sticking in. It was like the D Day invasion,” says LeVangie. Now there’s more families, better security, and the players are fan friendly. They give the kids gum, sunflower seeds and baseballs. “We’re trying to get them on our side,” he says. — by Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff


Fans climb the stairs to the upper bleachers at Fenway Park.
(Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)

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