Nicky Peanuts and his niece, Maddie, outside Fenway Park for the Red Sox 2019 home opener. (Chris Fama/WBZ NewsRadio)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Outside Fenway Park Tuesday before the team's home opener, Jersey Street fixture and nut vendor "Nicky Peanuts" told WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama business can be rough on a cold day like Tuesday.
"It's tough on a day like today, it's kind of cold out," he said. "Some people don't like to stop when it's cold, they just want to rush right in. They don't want to hang out and have the ambiance of the festivities out here. It's cold, it was cold last year too. But you know, we're tough New Englanders. If it was like 60 degrees out, a lot of people just hang out here all day."
Nicky's been hanging out there on Jersey Street "since junior high," following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, and he's got a lot of memories.
His favorite Red Sox player of all time? He likes Fred Lynn. But he also remembers Sam Horn's generosity with fans.
"He's actually a great guy," Nicky said. "I remember when he played for us, he would stand out here as the crowd was coming in the ball park and greet the fans, and he's the only one who's ever done that."
And he's hopeful the team can get out of their rut after their 3-8 start.
"They just gotta tweak a few things, that's all," he said. "It's like going to the gym, you know, when you're not feeling up to going and you go and you don't have it all? It's kind of like that ... they gotta get back in the rhythm. I'm sure they'll bounce back."
Hear Fama's full interview with Nicky below, including his peanut pitch.
WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports