These pictures tell a story — about a 108-win season
Every picture tells 1,000 words. That means 108 pictures generate, well, a whole lot of words.
Excitement, too, if the area beyond the Red Sox clubhouse in the concourse under Fenway Park is any indication. That’s where a mural of sorts has been erected, commemorating each and every win in Boston’s record-breaking 2018 regular season.
After each Red Sox win this year, first-year manager Alex Cora pasted a photo he felt was representative of the victory to a wall in his office. The collection grew rapidly and when the season wrapped, the team decided to display the spread for all to see.
Saturday evening before Game 2 of the ALDS at Fenway Park, fans stopped to admire the collection of snapshots, many posing for a picture themselves next to the recreated wall.
“I think it’s fantastic,” said Mary Norcross of Somerville. “It gives a lot of cache to the whole season and makes them feel special.”
The wall features a wide array of photo types, from in-game action shots to dugout candids.
Brenda Kellman, a photographer from Amherst, was particularly partial to the pictures taken after walkoff wins.
“I like the Gatorade pictures,” she said. “There was also one with a big hug and a smile. I’m a photographer so I like more of the emotional ones.”
Kellman attended Saturday’s game against the Yankees with her son, Wyatt. The two have attended playoff games before, including Game 6 of the 2013 World Series against St. Louis. The last time New York and Boston faced off in the postseason however, back in 2004, Wyatt was just 2 years old.
Now he’s getting to see the rivalry at its best — firsthand and in October — but not before digesting what’s on the first base side of the Fenway Park concourse.
“I just think it’s really cool,” said the younger Kellman. “I think it’s great that we can display all the success that they’ve had in a single season in an interesting mural and display like this. It’s a great way for the fans to visualize what happened.”
At the right edge of the mural are 10 empty frames. The number was 11 — how many wins are required to claim a World Series — before Boston squeaked past New York in a 5-4 thriller Friday.
“I think it’s bold,” said Wyatt Kellman of the decision. “It’s confidence and I love it but I hope it doesn’t come back to bite us.”
Added Brenda, “We don’t need any more jinxes!”