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Local Cubs fans take over Fenway

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  • A television crew from a Boston station interviews Amanda and Tim Freidag of Schaumburg before the Cubs-Red Sox game Friday, May 20, at Fenway Park. It was the first time the Cubs had played at Fenway since the 1918 World Series.

       A television crew from a Boston station interviews Amanda and Tim Freidag of Schaumburg before the Cubs-Red Sox game Friday, May 20, at Fenway Park. It was the first time the Cubs had played at Fenway since the 1918 World Series.
    BRUCE MILES | Staff Photographer

  • Cubs fans were everywhere Friday outside of Fenway Park, where the Cubs and Red Sox met on Friday, May 20, for the first time since the 1918 World Series.

       Cubs fans were everywhere Friday outside of Fenway Park, where the Cubs and Red Sox met on Friday, May 20, for the first time since the 1918 World Series.
    BRUCE MILES | Staff Photographer

  • An emblem from the last time the Cubs and Red Sox met at Fenway Park, for the 1918 World Series, adorns the famed Boston ballpark. The Cubs played the Red Sox Friday, May 20, in a three-game series.

       An emblem from the last time the Cubs and Red Sox met at Fenway Park, for the 1918 World Series, adorns the famed Boston ballpark. The Cubs played the Red Sox Friday, May 20, in a three-game series.
    BRUCE MILES | Staff Photographer

 
 

BOSTON -- Taking several laps around Fenway Park as early as Friday morning, all one saw were fans in Cubs gear.

Yes, the Cubs are playing at Fenway for the first time since the 1918 World Series.

Interleague play has been around since 1997, but Major League Baseball hasn't seen fit to schedule these two teams in Boston until now.

The local TV stations did their morning news shows from the ballpark. Those same stations interviewed Cubs fans who were soaking up some of the atmosphere outside Fenway by taking pictures, gazing at the landmarks and maybe even having an early brew at one of the nearby establishments.

One Schaumburg couple, Tim and Amanda Freidag, found themselves being interviewed by the local FOX TV station.

"I think it's amazing," Tim said of the experience. "It's phenomenal. The people out here are friendly. The ballpark here is very similar to Wrigley, a little more traditional. It's just unbelievable. It's a great stadium."

The Freidags weren't here just for baseball.

"We got here a week ago and went to Martha's Vineyard and did a tour of Martha's Vineyard and Hyannis and came back to Boston Wednesday. We're going to the game tonight and heading back home tomorrow."

That's not to say they're optimistic about how the games will turn out.

"I think we'll come out here and get our hopes up and win two out of three," Tim said. "I think we'll lose tonight and win Saturday wearing the retro jerseys, the 1918 jerseys. Sunday Night Baseball will be huge."

The Cubs won't lose just because the Freidags are here, will they?

"I hope not," Tim said.

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