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Power Outage Hits Fenway Park

July 14, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ A power outage in the Fenway Park area Friday forced the Boston Red Sox to delay their game with the New York Mets by an hour.

The outage occurred at about 1:15 p.m., and affected Boston Edison customers scattered throughout the Kenmore Square area, including Boston University, according to Boston Edison spokesman Mike Durand.

Durand said the cause of the outage wasn’t immediately known, though officials believed an underground cable malfunctioned.

``We, at this time, are still hopeful we can get the game in, though that’s not something we can commit to at this point,″ Durand said Friday afternoon. By 5:30 p.m., the team announced the game’s start was delayed until 8:05 p.m.

About two hours prior to the game, which was scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m., the Red Sox took batting practice as normal. The walkways under the stadium were dimly lit by auxiliary lights, while vendors and other employees milled about waiting for word whether the game was on.

Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea said because of the upcoming schedule and inclement weather being forecast over the weekend, the Red Sox would not be quick to call off the game.

``With rain coming tomorrow and a new team coming in on Sunday ... we’ve got to think about all those things,″ he said.

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