Day 38

Unforgettable Day in the Back Bay

As we arrived in Boston we were pumped for the day and we all had it in our minds that it would be the best day of the trip. It didn't disappoint.

Our hotel overlooked Fenway Park and we were staying in room 619. The view was great and we couldn't have been any closer to one of the most famed sports venues ever.

That was only the beginning.

We experienced the Red Sox nation as we walked to the stadium. It was hours before game time and Yawkey Way was buzzing. The greatest part of the day came when we were escorted down to the field during batting practice. We were standing just yards away from some of the biggest names in sports as they took BP. We had to pinch ourselves to make sure we weren't dreaming. David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and Mark Loretta all right there in front of us at the historic Fenway Park. We were on the field for about an hour and it seemed like 5 minutes. Nan got a ball from Doug Mirabelli and Johnny Pesky autographed it for her. We also got pictures with Mark Kotsay and Johnny Pesky. It was the greatest experience of the trip, hands down.

From there they took us up on top of the Green Monster where we watched the rest of the A's batting practice. Not even some of the biggest Red Sox fans ever have been on top of the Monster. It was awesome. There were a few balls that came in range of us up there but nothing was doing. Kirk Saarlos talked to us from the field when we were up on the Monster and later threw a ball up to Ty. By now we were just gleaming having the time of our lives and the game is still an hour away from starting.

There wasn't much to see if you are a Red Sox fan on this night. Milton Bradley robbed Manny of a first inning home run as he reached about five feet into the bullpen to pull it back onto the field and not much offense came for the Red Sox after that. However the A's bats came alive in a big way and the final score was 15-3 Oakland. The lone bomb of the day came from Mark Ellis.

Simply being at Fenway Park is a fantastic experience, but when you get to go above and beyond that the memories will never fade. Greatest baseball experience of my life, I think everybody else would agree. A big thanks to Glenn Geffner, Jahaan Blake, ball girl Stephanie, and ball boy Drew for making our day at Fenway unforgettable.

After the game we met up with Ty's friends Rich & Shaun who were in the city for a wedding. Rochester tomorrow.

-Dan

  • Date: Friday, 14 July 2006
  • Game: A's at Red Sox, 7:05pm
  • Ballpark: Fenway Park (86.5)
  • Start: Newark, DE
  • End: Boston, MA
  • Miles: 326 | Total: 9,173
  • Stayed: Hotel Buckminster
  • States: Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts

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