BOSTON – Although rain caused his ceremonial first pitch to be washed out, Buddy Teevens — the Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach at Dartmouth College — still spent Tuesday at Fenway Park.
Teevens and the five head coaches of the other participating teams in next season's Fenway Gridiron Series spoke at the home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox. The day began with a luncheon and remarks before meeting with the media to promote the Big Green's Nov. 10 match-up against Ivy League rival Brown.
Players and coaches from UConn, Boston College, UMass and Maine were also on hand as part of the three-game series in mid-November.
“We're excited about the future,” Teevens said during the luncheon. “I love the talent we're bringing back, the young players who have a year of experience and our veterans who know what it takes to win. We're going to be a very physical team and that's the style that's going to be on display here next fall.”
Phil Estes — Brown's head coach for the last 19 seasons — echoed Teevens' optimism about the future that begins in September, while praising the Big Green's head coach and his staff for what they've accomplished in recent seasons.
“This is a good match-up,” Estes remarked. “We've taken the turn with experience. Dartmouth was the Ivy League champ just a year ago and four years before that they were in the same boat we were this year. They (Dartmouth) bit the bullet with youth to build experience and look where it got them.”
The constant showers that fell on the field caused the Red Sox to postpone Tuesday night's series opener against their longtime rival, the New York Yankees, forcing the six head coaches to forgo their opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.