Elusive in Beantown!…

I successfully arrived in enemy territory.  Fortunately, I was not captured by the enemy…

Steven Senna/AP

I have set up camp on the foreign ground, and I set out today to explore the lay of the land.  First up, I checked out the enemy’s battle ship, the USS Constitution.  It is oldest commissioned warship in the world.  The sailors aboard the vessel indicated that at 33-0, Old Ironsides was the only undefeated team in Boston.  A formidable foe these Bostonians are…


Photo of painting at US Naval Museum

Next, I set out on foot and came upon the Bunker Hill Monument, site of the first major battle of the American Revolution.  It is where the colonials first stood up to the British army.  They repulsed two British attacks on June 17, 1775, but had to retreat during a third attack due to insufficient ammunition and an inability to ward off a powerful bayonet charge.   Although the British won the battle, they sustained heavy losses with 1,034 casualties (out of 2,200 men) and the colonials had proven they could stand up and fight.

The monument stands 221 feet and has 294 steps.  The steps were a bit of challenge for some, but the pay off were some great views of the city at the top of the monument. 


I continued to make my way along the Freedom Trail, where I encountered a number of enemy troops…


I took refuge in the Old North Church.  Built in 1723, it is the oldest standing church in Boston.  But it is better known as where, on April 18, 1775, two lanterns were held high in the steeple to signify that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea.

This was immortalized in a poem called Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1860.  Here is an excerpt from the poem:

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower, as a signal light, —
One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country-folk to be up and to arm.”

I stopped by a nearby restaurant, Strega, for lunch.  It’s a cozy, Italian ristorante on Hanover Street.  I had the Risotto Don Pietro, which was excellent, although a bit overpriced.

I spent the next few hours at Quincy Market, which featured a variety of shops.  I encountered a few outdoor musicians which is always a nice touch.  I almost bought a print of Fenway Park.  I guess the heavy influence of the enemy was getting to me, but I resisted and bought a YANKEES bear at Build-A-Bear instead…

Whew!  Close call.  One thing I did find interesting is that almost every place that sold Red Sox paraphernalia also featured Yankees items.  Not once did I see anything that referenced Rays, Orioles or Blue Jays, but the interlocking NY was everywhere.  So, I felt that even though I was in enemy territory, there were many fellow Yankee fans lurking among the crowds of people.

I checked out a few other historical sites, and also stopped by an Irish Pub for a bit of Guinness, but the afternoon was cut short by cold, high winds. 

So, I made my way back to my camp safely and unharmed.

The weather on Sunday is expected to be more favorable, so I am looking forward to continuing my reconnaissance mission.  Tomorrow, I will be meeting Julia of Julia’s Rants to get an insider’s view of Boston.  I have not met Julia before, but I doubt she’ll be hard to spot.  She’ll be the one in the pink Red Sox hat…

Don’t tell anybody, but I think Boston’s a very impressive city…



The Yankees defeated the Chicago Cubs in both exhibition games at the new Yankee Stadium.

Tomasso DeRosa/US Presswire 

Last night, they beat the Cubs, 7-4.  Mystique and Aura were out in full force as the Yankees hit home runs off both the right and left foul poles.  What are the odds of that happening? 

The Yankees won today’s game, 10-1, behind solid pitching by Andy Pettitte.  Mark Teixeira, with two home runs, is showing that maybe he won’t be a slow starter this year for a change.  Derek Jeter and Shelley Duncan also homered.

It was a tremendous start for the new Stadium.  Hopefully, the magic will continue on April 16th when the Yankees officially open the ballpark. 

The Yankees head to Baltimore to face the Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday for the season opener.  Also, in a move that had been expected in recent weeks, Ramiro Pena beat out Angel Berroa for the utility infielder spot.  In order to make room for Pena on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated pitcher Dan Giese for assignment.

Kim Klement/US Presswire


If you’ve seen Julia’s latest post, you’ll know that she suffered a mishap today involving a knife and her finger while slicing a bagel.  Yikes!  Hopefully, she’s okay and will have a speedy recovery.  Good luck with those one-handed posts!  πŸ˜‰

Julia, here’s something to cheer you up…



  1. juliasrants

    Scott – don’t take this the wrong way – but “I Love you for the video”!!! How did you ever know that I would like it? πŸ˜‰ I look forward to tomorrow. Fenway & the Marathon finish line are at the top of the list!


  2. crazy19canuck

    Would those points count as “Brownie Points”? I mean, you ARE in Boston after all! What do you think Julia?

  3. juliasrants

    Brownie Points for sure! You got it right Ginny. Scott – maybe we can make you an honorary member of the Brownie Brigade! You know there is already one Yankees fan who is a member – I might be able to get you accepted also. I guess I’ll have to get that picture of me over to them so they can take down the Rosanne Barr one!


  4. shortporch

    Yea I bet Berroa will go somewhere else, maybe a team that needs **** like Toronto or someone like that. Anyway, it’s good you didn’t buy that Fenway print!! But in all honesty, you should try to attend a game at Fenway this year. It is a nice park, but I’d take the Stadium over it any day! Still, I don’t see why we built a new place…
    shortporch http://shortporch.mlblogs.com/

  5. Elizabeth D.

    Thank you for the mini history lesson… that kind of helps because I have to study for the AP exam in US History. Knowing me I’m going to procrastinate!!! Boston is a beautiful city indeed! And I hope that you and Julia enjoy yourselves tomorrow!

  6. greg1969

    Have fun visiting with Julia tomorrow, Scott. You will have been in Boston more recently than I have! :/ Hmmm…since my one and only time was 1978! Hmmm…
    I know what you mean about about venturing into enemy territory and almost finding yourself with an “enemy souvenir”. I’m not sure if anyone actually spotted me browsing She-Fan’s book! (GASP! OH, NO!) πŸ˜‰ But I bought a Red Sox book instead! YAY! πŸ˜‰ (Mike Lowell’s book)!
    You and Julia seem to have a fun dynamic on the blogs–it is fun to watch you two banter! (Not unlike my Aunt and me–she is a Yankees fan).
    Take care, Scott. Your posts are quite interesting and fun reading! (Don’t let that get out too far!) πŸ˜‰

  7. Erin Kathleen

    “At 33-0, Old Ironsides is the only undefeated team in Boston” LMAO. Enjoy your trip into enemy territory. You know, Carlos Zambrano recently spoke out in favor of building a new ballpark. Perhaps while you’re in town, you can convince Jonathan Papelbon that Fenway needs to be replaced ;)-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

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