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A man proposed to his girlfriend at Fenway Park. She appeared to say “no” 05.01.17 at 3:44 pm ET
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People who propose to their partners at sporting events better be certain the answer will be “yes.” Because if it isn’t, things could get a little awkward.

An ugly scene unfolded at Fenway Park Sunday night, when a mid-inning scoreboard proposal appeared to go wrong. According to fans in attendance, a man asked his girlfriend if she would marry him –– standard enough. But then she seemingly said “no,” leading to an argument that everybody in the ballpark could watch take place in high-definition

As Boston Magazine notes, live proposals cost a $350 donation to the Red Sox Foundation. That’s a lot of money to pay for the privilege of getting embarrassed in front of tens of thousands of people.

 

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Happy 10-year anniversary to the ‘Fenway Pizza Throw’ 04.14.17 at 2:44 pm ET
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LISTEN TO JERRY REMY TALK ABOUT THE PIZZA THROW ON A BRADFO SHO PODCAST SHORT

There have been many great moments in Fenway Park history: Dave Roberts stealing second base, Carlton Fisk’s ‘shot heard ’round the world,’ numerous David Ortiz walk-offs. But perhaps nothing compares to April 16, 2007, when somebody threw a pizza.

The Red Sox were leading the Angels 7-1 during their annual Patriots’ Day matinee when J.D. Drew stepped up to the plate in the seventh inning. He popped a foul ball into the left field stands, and it ricocheted off the hands of a fan back onto the field. At first glance, the event appeared to be an ordinary occurrence. But replay showed it was anything but.

As it turns out, somebody hurled a slice of pizza at the fan who was trying to catch the foul ball. Jason Sole, the victim, was allegedly heckling the assailants, Matt Madore and Danny Kelly, for bringing an entire pie into the section. Madore told the Boston Herald his buddy tossed the pizza at Sole for retribution.

“Next thing I know, there’s a fly ball to left field and it goes foul and my buddy says, ‘You want some pizza now?’ And he hits him right in the face,” Madore said. “Hey, the guy wasn’t paying attention. When you’re in the stands you’ve got to be ready for anything—a foul ball, a flying slice of pizza, everything.”

Once NESN broadcasters Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy saw the footage, they couldn’t control themselves for the rest of the half-inning. Since the 10-year anniversary of the incident is coming up this weekend, this is the perfect time to re-watch the carnage. The glorious footage is below:

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Potential Aaron Hernandez trial juror dismissed for wearing Patriots hat; Fenway Park bids for 2018 Army-Navy game 02.16.17 at 9:07 am ET
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Good morning, here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: 
NBA: Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (CSN)
NBA: New York at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: St. Louis at Detroit, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Florida at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
College basketball: LIU Brooklyn at St. Francis Brooklyn, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Xavier at Providence, 6:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Cincinnati at South Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Iowa State at Kansas State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Maryland at Northwestern, 7 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Temple at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPNews)
College basketball: Creighton at Seton Hall, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: St. John’s at Butler, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Duke at Virginia, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Indiana at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Oklahoma State at TCU, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Diego State at Utah State, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A potential juror in Aaron Hernandez’ second murder trial showed up to Suffolk Superior Court wearing a Patriots hat on Tuesday.

Officers made the man take off the hat and he was, obviously, not selected as a juror. 64 other potential jurors, including a self-proclaimed Trump supporter and woman due to give birth in April, were also dismissed.

Hernandez was present in the courtroom and said “good morning” to the jury prospects.

The trial is set to begin on March 1.

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The Johnny Manziel Tour hits Fenway Park 07.10.14 at 4:33 am ET
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It was no surprise that at some point Browns quarterback — and, recently, one of the nation’s most prolific partygoers — Johnny Manziel was going to swing on by Fenway Park. He has, after all, form a relationship with Fenway Sports Group.

You know what also wasn’t a surprise? When he did show up at a Red Sox game Wednesday night he did so in the company of an entourage of attractive young ladies.

 

 

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Chicago Tribune: Fenway Park atmosphere beats Wrigley Field 05.24.11 at 9:18 am ET
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In the Cubs’ first trip to Fenway Park since 1918, thousands of Chicago supporters flooded the seats of the Red Sox‘ home. Now that some have gotten their first taste of the historic ballpark, the question remains about how it compares to the North Side’s Wrigley Field. According to the Windy City’s biggest newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston bandbox holds up quite well and in fact may be better than the Chicago ivy-laden stadium.

Tribune reporter Paul Sullivan notes the Yawkey Way atmosphere and “party on top of the Green Monster” as things that Wrigley can’t replicate right now unless it is modernized by the Cubs’ new owners. Chicago pitcher James Russell called the scene at Fenway “pretty sweet.”

Sullivan also talked to Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who was quick to talk about how sellouts at Fenway, aided of course by Boston’s World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, can give the team both a lot of supporters and a lot of detractors if things aren’t going so well.

“They pay a lot of money to come to games here, more than most teams out there. They’ll never be forgiving here. If they booed Ted Williams, they’ll boo anyone,” Youkilis told the Tribune.

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LEEInks List: Boston sports figures’ movie cameos (no Oscars here) 02.28.11 at 9:08 am ET
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Editor’s note: In recognition of Sunday night’s Academy Awards, during which one of the honored movies was the Massachusetts-based sports film “The Fighter,” we’re republishing this list that first appeared on our site last year.

Some people just can’€™t be pleased. Common knowledge has it that many musicians want to be athletes, hundreds of athletes want to be musicians, and plenty of actors are envious of athletes. The same stands for athletes being actors. All too many times, athletes stand out as the awkward people who never have more than a few droning lines and can never really advance the plot of the film beyond the lone scene they’€™re in. Of course, the ploy never matters much to the studio bigwigs as it can bring in thousands of an athlete’€™s fans to just catch a brief glimpse of their hero during the course of a two-hour film.

It’€™s not always that way, however; whenever an athlete is being an athlete on screen, things seems slightly more natural. Think Barry Bonds in “Rookie of the Year,” Reggie Jackson in “The Naked Gun,” or the litany of NBA players who co-starred with Lil Bow Wow in “Like Mike.” For every Jim Brown (“The Dirty Dozen”), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (“Airplane!”) and O.J. Simpson (“The Naked Gun”), there’€™s a Michael Jordan (“Space Jam”), Shaquille O’€™Neal (“Kazaam” and “Steel”) and Dwayne ‘€œThe Rock’€ Johnson (“The Game Planand “The Tooth Fairy”) who should never step on a Hollywood set.

For Boston fans, they can only hope that their heroes can get onto a list of the former and not the latter. Rajon Rondo can now be seen in the basketball-rich movie “Just Wright” starring Queen Latifah and Common ‘€” when he isn’€™t making historic plays that can be added to the pantheon of Celtics playoff moments, that is. Thankfully, Rondo is starring as himself, playing basketball, so things are looking good so far. In his honor, let’€™s count down some of the best movie cameos by Boston sports icons. Note that we are not including Celtics guard Ray Allen (“He Got Game”) because he was playing for another team at the time. And we’ll tell you right now, Dennis & Callahan fans, that your heroes didn’t make the cut. Sorry.

10. Derek Sanderson

During the heyday of the Big Bad Bruins, Turk made an appearance as himself in the 1971 movie “Face-off,” about a pro hockey player and a folk singer who fall in love. He also appeared in the horror film “A Knife for the Ladies” in 1974, during his second stint in Boston. It wasn’t surprising to see Sanderson on the big screen, as he was known as someone who rode his fame and fortune as far as he could take it.

9. Rick Fox

Fox, a first-round draft pick of the Celtics in 1991, played in Boston until 1997, when he signed with the Lakers in part so he could continue the acting career he started while a Celtic. In 1994, he made an appearance in the college basketball movie “Blue Chips,” and two years later he had a role in “Eddie,” the movie that starred Whoopi Goldberg as a fan turned coach of the New York Knicks. Fox has gone on to become a regular on the big and small screens. Read the rest of this entry »

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