October 15, 2008
Perhaps it was a sign from Ted Williams?
Less than a day after the Red Sox were pushed to the ledge of elimination by the Rays, the iconic Citgo sign that sits beyond the Green Monster caught fire on Wednesday morning.
The small blaze melted some of the sign's plastic and left burn marks on its facade, much like the Rays' offense has done to Boston's pitching over the last three games of the ALCS.
(Insert rim shot here. Hi-yo!)
Flames were actually visible from Storrow Drive during the fire, which caused $5,000 in damage, said Steve MacDonald, a spokesperson for the Boston Fire Department.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, which ignited just before noon. No one was injured. It was not immediately clear how long it would take to fix the sign. ...
The 60-foot by 60-foot icon has stood on top of a building on Beacon Street since 1940. It looms just over the Green Monster in left field, a few blocks from the ballpark. Illuminated from dusk until midnight, the red, white, and blue sign contains more than 5 miles of neon tubes that are lit by 250 high-voltage transformers, according to Citgo's website.
The Citgo sign was unavailable for comment and there still is no word if it will be placed on the disabled list next to third baseman Mike Lowell.