Fenway Park may be out of commission with no sporting or concert events set to take place in the old ballpark for the foreseeable future, but some of its beloved employees are finding ways to keep the Boston-area fans entertained while stuck at home.
Josh Kantor, who plays the official organ at Fenway Park during Red Sox home games and similar events, has continued to play his trademark instrument via daily webcasts aired to his new Facebook page, “7th-Inning Stretch.” Kantor broadcasts 30-minute performances each day at 3 p.m. EST via the social media outlet (song requests included) with help from Reverend Producer Mary. Reports of Kantor’s uplifting quarantine performances were first noticed by local media outlets, and have since received national recognition from outlets like the Washington Post.
“It’s a time for people to share in a love of community and a love of music amidst the many daily stresses of physical distancing,” it reads in a statement on the Facebook page, where viewers are also encouraged to donate what money they can to national food bank network Feeding America.
Watch footage from Wednesday’s organ performance below, you’ll feel like you’re right back at the ‘ol ballpark on a summer afternoon. Fans will be thrilled to know the video opens up with a lovely rendition of “In Spite of Ourselves” by the late John Prine, who died earlier this week.
Josh Kantor – 7th-Inning Stretch – 4/8/20
Tune-in to the 7th-Inning Stretch Facebook page every day at 3 p.m. for more performances from Kantor.