BANGOR, Maine — The Boston Red Sox are headed back to Fenway Park Wednesday night, where they can clinch their third World Series title in the past 10 years and first on their home field in Boston since 1918.
And fans in Maine are eagerly hoping their beloved Sox will pull it off, preferably without the stress of a seventh game Thursday night.
“I watched every game from beginning to end. I’ve been a Red Sox fan since I could remember and it gets a little stressful,” said John Connors of Waterville, who was walking in the Bangor Mall on Tuesday morning.
The Red Sox lead the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. It’s the fourth time the two teams have met in the Fall Classic, with the Cardinals winning two of the previous three meetings. The Red Sox swept the Cardinals in 2004.
Connors, 55, said he was impressed by the pitching of Red Sox starter Jon Lester in Game 5 on Monday night, but feared the series would be remembered for its blunders.
“The first couple of games, I thought it was going to be a series of errors,” he said.
Calls by umpires have added to the stress, said Connors.
“There’s not much you can do about it, so you sit there and rant and rave,” he said. “All in all, I think it’s been a tight series and it’s been said both teams are a good match for each other, and it’s proven itself.”
Bruce Twombly, who resides in both Pittsfield and Eagle Lake, said he has tickets for Game 6 at Fenway Park. He had just purchased two Red Sox jackets at Olympia Sports in the Bangor Mall.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that it will be the one and we’ll get to experience it live when they win the championship,” said Twombly, adding that he did not have tickets to Game 7.
Olympia Sports had plenty of Red Sox shirts, jerseys, hats and other memorabilia for Boston fans on hand Tuesday. The store’s manager, Bill Swift, said he hopes the Series ends on Wednesday.
“It will give us time to sell more stuff, obviously,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of different things if they do win, just like we’ve had in the past, so it will be a great addition to the holiday sales this year.”
David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia were often named as favorite players on Tuesday.
“Or, as we say up north — Pedroi-er,” said Twombly.
Twombly summed up the sentiment of many area fans. “Go Sox,” he said.