Well, now that I’ve had time to come back down from Cloud 9, I decided to recap my two-day experience at “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark.”
We woke up on Sunday and started our trek to the subway, which would drop us off closer to the stadium. We didn’t “really” know where we were going once we got off the subway, but the steady stream of Sox fans made it pretty apparent for us. We quickly fell in line and marched on with them.
Once we arrived, we had to do a mandatory two laps around the entire stadium so I could take it all in. C was all for it, the first time. The second time she just smiled and let me run around like a first-grader at recess. Once I felt we had sufficiently taken in the exterior, it was time to get inside.
We had amazing seats along the first base line and were seated next to some great company (who, oddly enough, used to live in La Jolla!), which just made a great day that much better. Oh, and did I mention “Yaz” threw out the opening pitch? G about had a heart attack. No big deal.
The highlight of the day for me was in the bottom of the sixth when, under my breath, I muttered “Come on Ortiz – jack one for me while I’m here…” What happened next? BOOM – Deep right and gone! I sat there, stunned at what just happened, and C sat there smiling right at me because apparently I didn’t “mutter” what I had said very quietly – as she heard/watched the whole thing happen.
I felt like it was “my day” at the park, everything was absolutely on point, including the classic, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and the eighth-inning rendition of “Sweet Caroline,” a Boston staple.
With a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays, the Sox won their last home game of the season, and I was THERE for it!
The following morning we made the journey back to Fenway to tour the park with my parents, who had arrived late the day before.
It was great to get a “behind the scenes” look at the park and its history – we even got to take in the view from the seats atop the Green Monster! It was an experience I will be replaying it in my mind for a long, long, long, LONG time.
I could go on for hours and hours about what I saw and what I learned, but I opted to just put together a slideshow of some of the highlights from both game day and the tour – check them out below.
All I can say is Thanks, C, for the surprise of a lifetime! I’ve now seen my team, at Fenway, as division champs, with the most important people in my life.
It doesn’t get much better than that.
Now … go get ’em in the post-season, Sox!