Driving out of Boston yesterday on the Hat (Mass Pike), I was sad to see the iconic Star Market that spans the highway has become a Shaws. Just doesn't have the same ring for the "Traffic on the 3's" as "Heavy past the Star Market overpass." A little later, listening to the Red Sox-Mariners radio broadcast, I caught this exchange:
Dave O'Brien: Shop where Joe Castiglione shops, Shaws.
Joe Castiglione: That's why it's good to be home.
Dave: I got some cucumbers the other day. Sliced them up with just a little salt. Delicious summer snack.
Joe: The cantaloupes this week have also been outstanding.
Dave: Oh, the cantaloupes have been off the charts.
Scripted or not, I love the Sox radio guys. A little later they ran through the names of all their elementary school teachers. I don't think anyone is doing product placement for Mrs. Meehan from third grade. (You can catch a little of the great team of Ken Coleman and Joe Castiglione in the background in the pretty good New England movie In the Bedroom.)
(BTW: Nearly impossible to find a photo of the Shaws (née Star Market) overpass on Google Images. Check with Homeland Security. I have a feeling there's more than cantaloupes and cucumbers at stake here.)