Monday, July 9, 2012

Game 22 - Boston Red Sox

Once leaving New York, we would make our way to Boston for a day game. On the way, we found a hotel to spend the night in just outside of Boston. My parents rented a room, but Jason and I decided to sleep in the parking lot (in the RV). We had been roommates for over five years in Champaign and in Chicago, so this was the equivalent of getting the band back together. It's safe to say the RV was cleaner than our room at the Fraternity house.

The Red Sox were playing the Toronto Jays at Fenway, and I couldn't wait to heckle former Cardinal Colby Rasmus. This would be the last game on the road trip for Jason so we would make it count. I had been to Fenway once before, but this was the first time for the rest of the crew and we all really enjoyed it. Built in 1912, 2012 would mark the 100 year point for the great stadium in Boston's back bay. It's been said that you don't even have to be a baseball fan to enjoy the park, and we couldn't agree more.

Since I had visited the park last, the Red Sox have made major upgrades to the concession areas. It greatly improved the ballpark experience for the fan, and the food / beer prices were reasonable compared to many parks we visited. They even had a vending machine spitting out hot dogs, which of course Jason found:

It was a beautiful afternoon for a game, and we enjoyed the sunshine. My Dad loved the intimate feel of the park, with not a bad view in the place. Fenway is a special place, one that will never be recreated. You know where this is going...

Pros: Historic park, small, neighborhood setting, great fan support.
Cons: They swept the Cardinals in the '04 World Series. 

My parents had wanted lobster the entire trip, and what better place than Boston. After the game, we headed to Atlantic Fish to throw a bib on and see how much we could eat. Jason won.


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