Thursday, May 3, 2018

In Middle Of Night, Boston's Mayor Switches Signs From 'Yawkey' To 'Jersey'

(Boston Globe Photo)
Around 5AM this morning, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh sent out one of his Public Works crews to stealthily switch street signs at Fenway Park from "Yawkey Way" to "Jersey Street". Thus, the change has become official. It took just 45 minutes to erase 45 years of Red Sox team history. After Red Sox owner John Henry requested the change, it was rubber-stamped by the city's "Boston Public Improvement Commission". Despite substantial public and fan opposition, the eradication of the Yawkey name is now final—at least around the ballpark. Word is that the MBTA will re-brand its "Yawkey" T stop near the park as well. The name survives on buildings at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and, of course, at the philanthropic Yawkey Foundations.