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#pounditMonday, July 22, 2024

Yankee fans completely take over Fenway Park for Red Sox series

The scoreboard at Fenway Park

Jul 6, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Boston Red Sox outfielder John Andreoli (67) fields a ball off of the Green Monster during practice at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees fans took control of Fenway Park for their weekend series against the Boston Red Sox, with the biggest indignity for Boston fans coming during Sunday night’s game.

During ESPN’s broadcast of the game, viewers could very clearly hear Yankee fans staging their traditional “roll call” of players during the bottom of the first inning. The practice is usually staged in the Yankee Stadium bleachers, with fans chanting for each Yankee defensive player aside from the pitcher and catcher until they receive some sort of acknowledgement.

Amazingly, Red Sox fans either didn’t notice or didn’t care, as no real effort was made to drown out the chants.

If this was loud enough to be caught on the broadcast at Fenway, it is a reflection of just how many Yankee fans infiltrated Boston for the weekend series. This was not limited to Sunday, either. It happened all weekend, as evidenced by the loud cheers for Juan Soto’s home run during Saturday’s game.

ESPN’s Buster Olney even addressed the Yankee fan takeover on the air during Sunday’s broadcast. He said the issue was evidence of the “disconnect” between Red Sox fans and the organization, with a number of Boston fans growing increasingly disenchanted in recent years with what they see as the franchise’s lack of ambition. Owner John Henry’s attitude toward them probably has not helped either. The Yankees also entered Sunday’s game 13 games ahead of the Red Sox in the standings, which would certainly be a contributing factor as well.

The Yankees were on the other end of this a few weeks ago. This will certainly help make up for it.

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