Pregame observations from Fenway

BOSTON -- A few pregame observations from Gordon Edes, relayed via Twitter (@GordonEdes):

  • Hearing that there was some serious gridlock in the concourses...but a Philly writer practically ran into a bundled-up Curt Schilling.

  • Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino is in the house, as well as team chairman Tom Werner, who may lace them up for celebrity game this weekend.

  • The same people who dodge line-drive fouls beyond the dugouts may get some action with flying pucks this afternoon.

  • First big roar of the day just went up as B's skated onto the ice for warmups. And now the first chorus of boos, as Flyers shoot at their net.

  • I'll wager that weather may be much more miserable when Sox open on a Sunday night against the Yankees than here today.

  • Haven't seen any bare-chested zanies yet, but they may be waiting for the national TV cameras to come on.

  • Cool video screen at field level almost to top of Monster in front of the flagpole.

  • Forgive me, but I can't help but wonder what Manny would think if he came out of the dugout right now. Maybe he'd be waving a Canadian flag.

  • Fire alarm going off in press box. NHL types aren't aware this happens from time to time during Sox games. Few nervous faces.

  • The most popular souvenir item by far seems to be the gold and yellow winter classic stocking caps. And the beer lines, even the morning after a few libations were consumed to usher in the New Year, look longer than the hot chocolate lines.

  • Maybe it's because of all the overcoats and parkas, but concourses seem even more crowded than for Sox game.