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Yankees celebration catches fire

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff November 19, 2009 07:36 AM

It's apparently not a prank.

Beverly's Endicott College 26.9 miles from Yawkey Way - will celebrate the Yankees' recent World Series victory on Monday with a ceremony on campus, including the painting of a school fire hydrant with Yankee pinstripes. I guess Connecticut-based enrollments are down.

This, of course, has local students, fans, and common sense all up in arms. Although all fire hydrants on campus are already painted, this will be the first to bear the colors and pinstripes of the Yankees. According to WHDH, the reason behind the celebration is that Endicott's president, Dick Wylie, a Yankees fan (nice background check, Endicott), won a bet made with student activities director Kim Peckham, a Sox fan, prior to the 2009 season. Jeez, I hope there isn't a Colts fan running any of our fine academic institutions.

"We thought it was a prank, a school this close to Boston with this many Red Sox fans you wouldn't think they would support the Yankees," student Marc Spinella told WBZ. "A lot of students are really upset about this."

Maybe there's some genius behind it all. After all, North Shore dog owners have to be pretty excited about the opportunity to have their pets frequent the design. Still, can't the Beverly fire department step in with some de-facing fire prevention equipment excuse before it's too late?

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