Down East 2013 ©
Spring is Joyce Petit’s favorite time of year, because spring means baseball, and in Joyce Petit’s world baseball means only the Boston Red Sox. She doesn’t care how many decades have passed since the BoSox last won a World Series, and she doesn’t care if Mighty Mo Vaughn moves on to more money on a richer team. Her Saco home is dedicated, inside and out, to the Red Sox, from the Sox red-and-white interior to the eighteen-inch-high letters on an outside wall proclaiming that visitors have just entered “Sox Country.”
Memorabilia and artifacts, from baseball doorknobs to Red Sox decals on the kitchen stove, fill the house. The floor tiles in the kitchen are shaped like baseball diamonds featuring sainted slugger Ted Williams’ Number 9, and the cabinet doors are decorated with a tribute to Williams. “I adore Ted Williams,” Petit admits, somewhat unnecessarily. “He’s my favorite.”
Petit’s interest in baseball goes back to her childhood in Saco. “We didn’t have television in those says,” says Petit, 64. “Every summer a gang of neighborhood kids, boys and girls, would play baseball all day long in a field. I played every day, listened to the Sox games on the radio at night.”
She began decorating Sox style about ten years ago and recently completed her latest project, painting three new chairs and a table in Red Sox red and white. Oddly enough, she rarely visits the high temple of Red Sox devotion, Fenway Park, for a game. “I’d rather watch them on television,” she explains. “It’s more peaceful that way.” She doesn’t even mind when they lose, “as long as they play and play hard,” she says. “I really hate it when they don’t make the extra effort.” In this regard, Petit’s own “extra effort” could serve as inspiration for the boys from Boston.
(Published May 1995)