If you spot it along the Esplanade while out for a bike ride or on a run this week, you probably won’t beweave its size.
To celebrate the Red Sox’ win against the New York Yankees Tuesday night, and to cheer on the team ahead of their weekend matchup with the Houston Astros, the nonprofit Esplanade Association and [Expletive] That I Knit, a local knitwear company, teamed up to create a giant Red Sox beanie that was placed on the Arthur Fiedler statue.
The massive sculpture, which sits along the Charles River, is a tribute to Fiedler, once the conductor of the Boston Pops, in the form of his head.
“Two of Boston’s greatest traditions — Red Sox baseball and the Boston Pops — have ties to the Esplanade through the Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields and the July 4th concerts at the Hatch Shell,” Michael Nichols, executive director of the Esplanade Association, said in a press release. “We are proud to celebrate the Red Sox and send our wishes for a deep playoff run by linking the two traditions with an homage as grand as Arthur Fiedler’s legacy.”
Kelsey Pramik, a spokeswoman for the Esplanade Association, said it came up with the idea for the massive hat, which is 17 feet around, three weeks ago.
Pramik said workers from [Expletive] That I Knit then spent hours actually making the beanie, complete with a pom-pom.
That work included cutting fleece material into strips and then stitching it all together, she said in an e-mail to the Globe.
If the Red Sox hadn’t beat the Yankees in Game 4 Tuesday night, the Esplanade Association would still have placed the hat on the sculpture this week as “a rallying cry” for Game 5, she added.
“But we had faith they would get it done!” Pramik said.
Christina Pardy, owner of [Expletive] That I Knit, said it’s by far the largest hat she has ever created.
“I have a really big head,” she said. “But he has a really big head.”
Pardy, who credited her mother and Sarah Jackson, one of her employees, for helping with the hat, said it took around 24 hours to finish the project.
“It was a lot of manual work,” she said, adding that the hat was arm-knit. “An embarrassing amount of time, is probably what I would say. But it was very worth it, and I’m so glad it fit. I’m so relieved.”
With temperatures in the 80s Wednesday, Pardy admitted Fiedler probably doesn’t need a winter beanie. But she said the nice weather means more people will be on the Esplanade and will get to enjoy the artwork.
The Red Sox beat the Yankees Tuesday, 4-3, to advance to the American League Championship Series.
Game 1 against the Houston Astros, the defending World Series champions, is scheduled for Saturday at 8:09 p.m. at Fenway Park.Steve Annear can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.