10/16/2003 8:35 PM ET
Fenway workers set for Series
Grounds crew gets a head start on preparation
NEW YORK -- The grounds crew at Fenway Park isn't afraid of a curse.
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
On Thursday afternoon, hours before the Boston Red Sox met the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium to decide the American League Championship Series, Fenway Park workers painted the World Series logo on the grass behind home plate.
If a little paint on grass can send some good vibes some 200 miles away and help keep alive Boston's chance for its first World Series title since 1918, so be it. Anything to help do away with The Curse of the Bambino, who pitched and hit the Sox to their last World Series title before being sold to the Yankees the next year.
In practical terms, it was nothing against the Yankees.
Thanks to a home run by the Texas Rangers' Hank Blalock to win the All-Star Game for the American League, the series will open in the home of the AL champion. With just a couple of days before the first pitch of the Fall Classic, it's better to work ahead.
But if the Red Sox do win the showdown with the Yankees and actually get to play with the World Series colors on the field, the Fenway workers can say they told everyone so.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.