September 12, 2012
Kathy, Kathy & Alex
Fenway Park, the iconic home of the Boston Red
Sox is celebrating 100 years of baseball this season and in spite of years of
talking about catching a game, I had never made a trip to the historic ball
park. That may not be all that surprising since I am really not that much of a
Red Sox fan, or even a baseball fan for that matter. I do however enjoy
actually attending games and I was very interested in attending a game at
Kathy & Michael
What is surprising is that my wife Kathy, who
grew up in nearby Marshfield had also somehow never been to a game at Fenway,
possibly the only family member who had exhibited such neglect to what is
considered a part of life for those who grow up in New England. It was almost sacrilegious
to think that she had never set foot in the ballpark.
This trip we finally decided we would make the
time to get to a game and we joined Kathy’s Aunt Kathy and her cousin Alex (who
kindly purchased the tickets for us) in going to see the Red Sox play the
Toronto Blue Jays. You might have thought that since this year that the Sox
have been pretty much terrible, that there would be a sparse crowd, but I was
stunned to find that the place was pretty much jam packed with fans. They certainly
are a supportive and somewhat rabid bunch of fans in Boston.
Like the Cubs game that we attended last summer
at Wrigley Field, attendance at a Sox game at Fenway is so much more than just
attending a game. It is an experience. From the masses of people gathering in
bars located all throughout the neighborhood surrounding the ballpark, to the
festive party-like atmosphere that imbues the area, it makes for a pretty
special feeling- even for just another meaningless regular season day game.
Fenway Park is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places and is the oldest major league ballpark still in use today.
Since opening in 1912, it has been the scene of hundreds of highs and lows and
today maintains its quirky features, such as the Green Monster, the
thirty-seven foot green painted left field wall. The game was as good as you
could have expected. The Sox lost 4-3, but they lead most of the game and it
came down to the last out before the game was decided. Close but no cigar for
the Red Sox faithful.
We were just happy to experience a game at Fenway
and to enjoy a good game and almost perfect weather, sunny and warm, but not
too uncomfortable- especially since our seats were shaded most of the game. It
was immensely enjoyable, as much for getting to spend some time with Alex and
Kathy as to be at the game. Hopefully it won’t take so long for us to get back
to Fenway to catch another game.
The remainder of our Massachusetts trip consisted
of hanging out at the beach, swimming in the River, exploring the Marsh and
visiting the beachside town of Humarock which is just up the beach from Kathy’s
father. It was a relaxing, enjoyable couple of days where for once neither,
Kathy or I had anyplace to be or any pressing business to attend to, which is a
great change from our normal existence.
Marshfield is a beautiful quiet respite for us
and we were thrilled to be back and to have the opportunity to rest, visit family
and relax and catching a Sox game was an added bonus. Thanks Jim, Kathy, Al,
Alex, Julie and everyone who made our visit such a pleasure, hopefully we can
get back soon.