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‘Die-hard’ Red Sox fan on U.S. tour

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

FRISCO ” A big Fenway-green scoreboard on red wheels has rolled into Frisco from Las Vegas, and its driver ” a “die-hard” Boston Red Sox fan ” is looking for help in passing the Continental Divide.

“Since I had trouble getting over Vail Pass, I’m afraid of the next one,” said Dave Millette, 53. “I didn’t realize the hills were so steep.”

Millette, of Boston, bought his 1980 Dodge Xplorer RV in May. Since early December he’s made stops in about 20 states on a journey across Red Sox Nation.

He was parked at the Wal-Mart in Frisco on Thursday, where Sox fans frequently stopped to meet him, sign the RV and give him a few dollars for gas money.

Millette’s finances have taken some hard hits as he struggles to keep his RV moving: Its wheels fell off in Connecticut, the rear brakes were shot by Las Vegas and the battery died on the west side of Vail Pass.

“I spent the night there ” it was freezing cold,” he said, adding that the people at the rest area on the pass were helpful.

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As he was leaving the rest area, the RV got stuck in a snow drift and he had to pay a tow truck to get out.

The unplanned stop in Frisco occurs as he tries to get to Denver to meet a friend from sawxheads.com ” a Red Sox fan site. Next he intends to visit fans in Chicago and a 90-year-old woman in Columbus, Ohio, who promised him dinner at Olive Garden.

Millette decided to take his national tour in the “Rolling Green Monster” after he was diagnosed with liver disease. He lost a good friend to the disease a couple years ago.

“So I thought I better do it while I can,” he said.

Part of his mission on the trip is to encourage people to donate to The Jimmy Fund, a Boston effort to fight cancer in children and adults.

Liver disease has Millette on disability after working 25 years as a carpenter in Boston. He hopes to return to work sometime soon, but for now is receiving disability checks.

The monthly $700 were enough to pay for gas, but the repairs to the RV have made a heavy hit to his funds. He’s accepting donations for people who want to give him some help.

Millette is worried that if his RV breaks down as he ascends toward the Interstate-70 tunnel, the cost to get it towed and fixed might be more than he could afford, and he might lose it.

“Everything I own is in it, and I’m just scared,” he said.

Inside the RV are Red Sox stickers from several states and all kinds of other team gear. He even has some pieces of Fenway Park in a bucket.

Millette said he’s a life-long fan who’s camped out for tickets to all the Boston World Series games in 2004 and 2007 ” except one.

“I gave (the ticket) to a person who was way back in line and couldn’t get in,” he said.

Today people can visit his big green RV ” which was custom painted to match Fenway Park’s scoreboard ” where he’ll have it parked at either Wal-Mart or Farley’s in Frisco, he said.

He’s looking for work or any donations to help him continue the trip across America in time to get home by the second series against the New York Yankees.