When we travel to Boston, there’s no doubt that a Red Sox game will be part of the itinerary, and especially on this trip, Sabrina and Austin’s first time to the city. I was never a huge baseball fan until I stepped foot into Fenway Park!
Fenway Park is within walking distance of the Freedom Trail. So after we spent the day learning about the history of Boston, we made our way towards the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. It was a nice walk, in spite of the mileage we had already trekked that day, bypassing Boston College and the legendary Cheers Restaurant.
The crowd grew as we neared Fenway. An electric feeling of hustle, bustle and enthusiasm permeated the air. It was absolutely contagious!
With a quick bag check and ticket scan, we were in. Kurt and the kids went exploring while I held our seats. It was Pedro Martinez Night. The Red Sox organization was honoring the new Hall of Fame inductee by retiring his jersey.
Many of the beloved Red Sox players were part of the ceremony including Carl Yaztrimski, Carlton Fisk, Kurt Schilling, Jason Varitek and David Ortiz. The crowd roared as these and others made their way onto the field.
The ceremony was completed with Pedro throwing the first pitch. And with the momentum of the crowd, the team ran onto the field!
Unfortunately, the crowd had little positive effect on the performance of the Red Sox, as Chicago prevailed with a score of 7-4. They did rally in the 9th inning, but it was too little too late. Even though the outcome didn’t go as expected, I didn’t leave discouraged. Being able to introduce this experience to my children, and watching them participate in the fanfare, which includes singing “Sweet Caroliine” in the middle of the eighth inning, was more than enough to put a smile on my face as I strolled down Beacon Hill Avenue back to the car.