Sometimes history is just a train ride away

For 86 years they couldn’t win the big one. Now, for the third time in the last 10 years the Red Sox are knocking on the door.

(Keith Allison – Photo)

For those of us who grew up in the greater Boston area and transplanted ourselves to Maine, this time of year we often feel a strong pull from our friends and neighbors to the south.

Tickets to the World Series are out of reach for most of us (I just read a report where Green Monster seats were selling for $1,200), but for less than $75 you can get there and experience the moment. If you’re a student, it’s even less expensive.

From Portland, Saco, or Wells you can hop on the Downeaster and be in North Station in less than two hours. From there, it’s a quick ride on the ‘T’ and you’ll find yourself in the middle of Kenmore Square and the Fenway Park area. Now buy a ‘soda’ and find a big-screen TV.

Let the fun begin.

OK – I know the famous Citgo sign is not necessarily a religious monument or a historical landmark, but it is the beacon leading legions of fans to the park.

Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Carl Yaztrzemski, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz have all hit baseballs into the night in its general direction.

So if you can’t get in to the game, you can get to the park. See you there!


David Arenstam

About David Arenstam

Originally from away, but here to stay - Maine is my home and I love writing stories about the people and places from my end of the state. I am a teacher and writer and my first novel, "Homecoming: A Soldier's Story of Loyalty, Courage, and Redemption" is available now at