Elusive in Beantown!…
I successfully arrived in enemy territory. Fortunately, I was not captured by the enemy…
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…
YANKEES WIN TWO AT NEW STADIUM
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!
Julia, here’s something to cheer you up…