My Trip to Fenway Park 8/26/05
Dodgers are off today and I ran into this post that I posted in another forum back in 2005. It was nice reliving the experience by re-reading this.
Fenway Park Friday 8/26/05 against the Tigers.
After my trip to New Hampshire where I stayed two nights in Nashua that took me to Peterborough one day and another to Laconia my co-worker and I left Nashua about 5:45 AM on Friday and headed to Boston where he was taking an 8 AM flight to LAX . I on the other hand was staying at the Hampton Inn near the Boston airport to catch a game at Fenway. My friend returned the car and I took the Hampton Inn shuttle to the hotel. The Hampton offers free breakfast from 6AM to 10AM so after having breakfast they were able to give me my room early so I took a little nap.
About 1PM I headed downstairs and asked how far was the subway. The driver that had brought me earlier in the morning told me that he would take me to the subway. He dropped me off at Woods Island and gave me directions for the Blue line to the Green line. He also told me to call the hotel when I was coming back to get picked up at the same location. I was a little concern about having to wait for the shuttle coming back at who knows what time. I had read in the morning paper that the game was starting an hour later (8PM) because of the damage done to the field after the Rolling Stones concert.
I forgot where I was supposed to get off from the Green line but I asked someone that was wearing Red Sox gear (who doesn’t wear Red Sox gear there? :-). I got off and started walking around until I saw a Barnes and Nobles. I had a snack and a frapuccino. (I am addicted to those things) and headed to what book section? the sport section! . I glanced thru the whole baseball section and settled down reading this book written by two guys visiting all the stadiums. Naturally I read the whole section on Fenway Park paying attention and writing down what sections they recommended and what sections obstructed your views.
I got out of Barnes and Nobles and looked around for Fenway. I looked up and I could see the lights so I headed that way. WOW! as I got closer “Baseball” was in the air. Scalpers were already around but since it was early I just decided to walk some more. I was overwhelmed with beatifull Red Sox memorabilia stores. I noticed this guy was telling this father and son that it was early and they should go see the statue of Ted Williams. I asked him also where it was and I headed that way. I noticed a guy with a Boston Globe apron taking a picture of this couple by the Ted Williams statue. I asked him if he could also take my picture.. Afterwards I asked him where I could buy a ticket to the game. He told me to come back around 6PM and to look for him. That I would get a better deal than buying from a scalper.
I walked some more, had something to eat, bought a program and then I noticed a bigger group gathering at one spot and I remembered that was the place where the guys from the book had said you could get autographs or see the players arriving. (Yawkee and Van Ness?). I had just missed Damon from what people were telling me as some had gotten his autograph. I then saw the owner of the RedSox pulled in his Mercedes Convertible. Someone mentioned that the car was worth more than his home. He smiled waived to the crowd as he got in.
OK, so now is about 5:40 and all of a sudden I can’t remember where I was to meet the Boston Globe guy. Embarrased, I asked several people where Ted Williams statue was and they had no clue! Anyway, I was able to find it and I was back early. The newspaper guy saw me and he said just to wait there. A few others were also waiting to find tickets. All of sudden they open those rolling doors that you see in back of warehouse and I get my first glimpse at the inside. Wow! now I am more excited and can’t wait to get a ticket and go inside. In the meantime I start talking with people around and I find out that that area is scalper free and people with xtra tickets are allowed to go there and sell their tickets only at face value or less. Talked with a couple with two kids that were on vacation visiting several stadiums. They had gone to Dodger Stadium the year before r along with other stadiums in CA. After Fenway, they were going to New York to watch the Mets against the Phillies.
The newspaper guy taps me telling me this man has one ticket. The price on the ticket $80 so I pay the man who lookedto be in his 40′s. He is accompanied by an older man that looks to be his father and his son about 5. They tell me the ticket is in the field level close to the dugout. I tip the guy that helped me find my ticket and he tells me “the good thing is you don’t need to go in right now as you already have a ticket” I tell him “Are you kidding me?! I want to go in right now!”
I get inside and my eyes are wide open looking left and right. I felt like I had walked back in time and anytime soon I would see Babe Ruth eating a couple of hot dogs prior to the game or see Ted Williams with those baggy pants. I asked where my seat was and a nice older man helped me out. WOW! WoW! ! Right behind the Red Sox dugout Field Box, Section 15 Box 25 Row K (8th row from the bottom) seat 4. I recognized the man I had purchased the ticket as he and his family are already there. His father told me you are lucky to have this seat. His son bought them from a scalper for $200 so apparently they could not use the 4th ticket. Wow Fenway is SMALL!
I left my program at my seat and started walking around taking pictures. I saw a crowd getting autographs so I headed that way and got my hat autographed by someone that later I asked who he was (Chad Bradford). Took plenty of pictures, got me a Fenway dog. Boy, there is hardly any room between aisles, just room for one person to walk. Nice and cozy. anyway, I was talking with this young man sitting in the next aisle. He noticed my Dodger gear and he said “Oh I get it! Your favorite team on the NL is the Dodgers and on the AL is the Red Sox. I told him yes, I was rooting for the RedSox but that I LOVE Pudge Rodriguez and that I wished we had him. He said “Are you kidding me? We have good catcher, he is the captain!” I told him I was referring to the Dodgers! Anyway, he had to move as that was not his seat but he ended up in the first row of Box 25. Later on Wally (?) the mascot came prior to the 7th inning stretch and was sitting next to this guy so he was high fiveing him.
I LOVE the manual scoreboard. I kept glancing at the guy between inning updating it and looking for news from the Dodgers not realizing right away the time difference. Later on Chad Bradford came into the game and I asked the man next to me about Chad but he said he did not know and asked his kid. The kid knew more about him than his father! They left in the 9th inning as the kid was getting sleepy. The singing of “Sweet Caroline” surprised me as I did not know that they sing that song at the stadium. I have since then read about it here in this forum. I love how everyone gets into the singing!
Manny was acknowledging the fans behind the dugout with his usual gesture pointing his index fingers to the crowd. . There was this kid with a sign that said “Many is just being Many Man”. There was a controversy play where there was ball going to the right field foul pole that was called a Home run. After that play anytime there was a foul ball, everyone would start signalling HomeRUN and making noise that got the attention of the umpire and we would make more noise and kept signaling HomeRun. It was funny. RedSox won 9-8. I did applauded when Pudge hit one out. I told the people next to me “I love Pudge”. Heck just like some of you I love catchers and pitchers oh my!
On my way back to the subway I was surprised with all the RedSox gear being sold on the streets. That was a big selection of hats and t-shirts. Needless to say I had a great time, The experience at Fenway was awesome. Every Baseball fan should experience Fenway. I was still high from the game on my way back home.
Went home Saturday evening so I spent Satu
rday doing some sightseeing and ended up at Bellini’s basement. (never been to that store). I bought me a pair of work pants and a pair of jeans there. Did not know that the dressing room is just one big dressing room for all. Even there they have RedSox gear. They have a nice RedSox backpack for $19.99!! I wish I could find a Dodger backpack for that price.
Two things I did not like: Fans booing Kevin Millar and yelling some things to him (my God he could clearly hear the guy infront of me) and Fenway Dogs. I prefer my grilled Dodger Dog