TSG’s Serie A expert Eric Giardini takes in his beloved AS Roma in Beantown
Way back in March when it was announced that Roma and Liverpool were playing a friendly in Boston at iconic Fenway Park I knew there was no way I was going to miss it. Absolutely no way. Tickets were purchased as soon as they went on sale for Wednesday’s match and airfare from DC to Boston shortly followed.
“Great,” I thought. “It’s a 6:30p match so I can take a half day at work, fly to Boston, then catch a 6:00a flight back the next morning and make it back to the office to begin the work day.”
Unfortunately, this plan had its obvious flaws–which I felt the following day–and to make matters worse I was juggling deadlines at work and planning a cross-country move to occur only two weeks later. Do I have your sympathy? Needless to say, the timing wasn’t ideal but there was no way I was missing this match.
I arrived in Boston about 4 hours before the match started and checked into my hotel, grabbed a quick cup of coffee, and made my way down to Fenway.
It was a gorgeous day in Boston.
Thankfully the weather that day was sunny and in the low 80s – perfect for watching soccer. Based on the number of Liverpool shirts I saw while making my way to the stadium I had a feeling that I, in my Totti shirt, was going to be part of the minority crowd at the game.
It wasn’t until I got to the corner of Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street outside of Fenway did I realize just how many Liverpool supporters were going to be there. Greeting visitors outside of Fenway as you made your way down Yawkey Way to the Red Sox Team Store and vendors selling commemorative items for the “Boston Derby” or “Football at Fenway”, there was a replica of the “You’ll Never Walk Alone” archway where scores of supporters were getting their picture taken in front of. There was also the “Warrior Zone” (sponsored by Warrior, the new uniform maker for Liverpool) which I didn’t venture to so I couldn’t tell you what was there. The bars on Yawkey Way and Landsdowne Street all had signs welcoming Liverpool fans. (To be honest, none of this was surprising given the ownership between the Red Sox and Liverpool.)
After walking past all of this, I managed to find a spot where I could grab a seat at the bar and talk to both Liverpool and Roma fans. I even talked to a couple of guys who had no rooting interest in the game but realized that having a soccer game at Fenway was “a pretty cool thing that doesn’t happen every day” and was coming purely for the show.