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Wednesday, October 08, 2003

The Journey from Yankee Stadium to Fenway With a Stop in Westport

Todays American League Champion Series opener between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in The Bronx has newspapers churning out story after story about the legendary rivalry. The Hartford Courant decided to send two reporters on a drive from Yankee Stadium to Fenway Park to see where the landscape changes from Yankeeland to Boston territory. They found the dividing line fuzzy, including at a stop at Torno Hardware on Post Road East in Westport.
James Boone Jr., 36, of Milford, (l.) and Pete Welsh, 22, of Westport, both Torno Hardware employees, after their baseball differences were highlighted in today’s Hartford Courant.  WestportNow.com photo
Excerpt: ғJames Boone Jr. and Pete Welsh have spent most of the morning arguing over who will represent the American League in the World Series. Boone is a Yankees devotee, Welsh a fringe Red Sox fan. ԔBoone says Welsh is like most of the few Red Sox fans he knows in the area. ‘They show their faces when things are going well,’ Boone said. ‘Now that the Red Sox have been good you really start to see the fans come out. Once they’re winning they come, other than that they hide. ԓ‘You’ve never seen so many Red Sox fans as we’ve seen the last couple weeks. All of a sudden they’re popping out of the woodwork. Yankees fans are always right there, though.” “Boone is excited and apprehensive about the ALCS. “‘I don’t think anybody wanted to see Yankees-Oakland again,’ Boone said. ‘We’ve seen too much of that the last few years. ‘But really, I would have preferred Oakland just because I’m afraid of the Red Sox. They’ve got the best-hitting team in the league. But this is definitely the better series.’Ӕ

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