In 2006, security at Fenway Park was tight for the sold-out dream matchup between former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez, then with the New York Mets, and current Boston star pitcher Josh Beckett.
Josh Earle, a 16-year-old from Roslindale, and his buddy Sean Driscoll of Hyde Park had neither tickets nor money. They were standing on Van Ness Street paying far too much attention to an 11-inch gap below the fence next to Rem Dawg’s hot dog stand on Yawkey Way.
This was the Promised Land for them, because once security did a 5 p.m. sweep, Yawkey Way was closed off for ticket-holders only and became, in effect, part of Fenway Park.
The teens knew that I knew of their quest, so they came up to the fence and asked if I would rat them out. Not my job, I told them.
So when a security guard answered nature’s call, they belly-flopped under the fence and scurried into the Fenway crowd.
Earle had blood on his T-shirt but he didn’t care. They were soon in box seats, joyously figuring out how much money they had saved.
Within two days, the Sox had installed a metal bar to the bottom of the fence, sealing the Iron Curtain forever.
Driscoll now works for the City of Boston Public Works Department as a jack-of-all-trades. Earle, now 21, has plenty of dough. He is a delivery driver for the Fornax Bread Company in Roslindale.