Aiden Pethick was bugging his dad, Tom, every 30 minutes for updates on Jon Lester’s status with the Red Sox.
The two had been on the corner of Van Ness Street and Yawkey Way since noon, hoping for a glimpse of the Red Sox players as they pulled in to park at Fenway before Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
But Aiden, wearing his plastic Boston batting helmet backward for his first visit to the famous ballpark, was most concerned with trade rumors swirling around the Red Sox’ ace.
“He’s an amazing pitcher,” said the 10-year-old from Barrie, Ontario.
Tom Pethick used multiple mobile apps and social media accounts, including Twitter, to keep up with which way the trade winds are blowing.
Around Fenway Park, it was mostly business as usual, but the possibility of players being traded loomed like storm clouds.
“I don’t understand why you get rid of somebody who’s one of your top guys,” said Tom Pethick, who has been to one other game at Fenway. “That doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Lester was scheduled to pitch Wednesday, but he was scratched because of the possibility of being traded, erasing the chance for a farewell tip of the cap as he left the field following his final outing in a Red Sox uniform.
The Globe’s Peter Abraham has reported the Red Sox and Orioles are in “advanced discussions” on a trade with the pitcher who won Game 4 of the 2007 World Series and who is 10-7 this year with a 2.52 ERA.
“Personally, giving up Jon Lester to me is a huge mistake,” Tom Pethick said. “I don’t know why you would do that. He’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. That’s why everybody’s after him. I would take another route myself.”
Stretched down Van Ness were a handful of camera crews with their lens pointed at the entrance for players’ cars, waiting to see who showed up. Fans and spectators had their smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras locked and loaded for any possible sightings as they guessed which car belonged to what player.
A chain link fence cover, which wraps around a triangular employee parking lot on the corner of Lansdowne and Van Ness streets, features blown-up images of the biggest names on this year’s Red Sox roster, including Lester.
A few fans in a group tour stopped to pose with the image, which shows the 30-year-old tipping his cap to the crowd at Fenway Park.
Dressed in her red Jon Lester t-shirt, Kim Kossick said she doesn’t think much would make a fair trade for Lester.
“I’ve been crying all day,” she said of the trade rumors. “When I heard the Pirates [could be in the mix], I thought, ‘There better be some dreads in right field because Andrew McCutchen would be the only thing good enough.’”
Jack and Mo Cornz weren’t feeling as sentimental about the pitcher’s possible exit. Both agreed that though Lester is the club’s best pitcher, the Red Sox should get rid of Lester now to continue down the rebuilding path.
“Might as well get something for him,” said Mo Cornz, who runs a T-shirt stand on Lansdowne. “We suck.”
Jack Cornz, who works at The Sausage Guy, said the youth the Red Sox have invested in makes keeping Lester less appealing.
“By the time these players are gonna be in their prime, he’s gonna be an old timer,” he said. “And he wants more than what they’re offering him. You know he’s gonna get that kind of money from any other team.”
Despite what Lester has contributed to the Red Sox, Jack said he would be more interested in getting prospects for him.
“There’s no question he’s the best pitcher. His ERA doesn’t lie,” Jack Cornz said. “But they’re rebuilding as you can tell. ... Get rid of him, get something for him before he just goes for free agency, which is what’s gonna happen.”Follow Rachel G. Bowers on Twitter at @rachelgbowers.