And even if there is ice on the infield.
It was quite a sight to see a hockey game played in a baseball cathedral like Fenway Park. But the NHL pulled it off, and it was quite a spectacle. The Winter Classic outdoor game is a really cool thing the NHL does every New Year's Day. The Bruins won the game over the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1 in overtime, on Marco Sturm's goal. Here's more on the Winter Classic.
The Dropkick Murphys did "I'm Shipping Up to Boston." James Taylor did "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Sweet Caroline" was sung in the third period when the Bruins were behind, 1-0. I guess it inspired them to victory.
On the NHL's web site, they called it a "Bruins walkoff win." Is the NHL now using that term for overtime wins now?
I did like color announcer Ed Olczyk's line after the game-winner: "The Bruins win in extra innings at Fenway Park."
And I must correct lead announcer Mike Emrick, who said that Fenway Park is the only MLB stadium with a "ground-rule triple." He said that if a batted ball strikes the ladder on the Green Monster, it is an automatic triple. That simply isn't true, and the Fenway Ground Rules back that up.
I honestly never had heard that before. (There is an automatic triple awarded to a batter if a fielder throws his glove at a fair ball.)
It was a cool afternoon watching the game from Fenway, and it added to my enjoyment of watching the "Honeymooners" and "Twilight Zone" marathons. (My TV remote got some workout.) Speaking of the Honeymooners, another of my favorite episodes was on this afternoon, when Ralph becomes "The Chef of the Future":
Core a apple. Classic.
God bless Jackie Gleason and Art Carney.
And Fenway Park, too.