Tagged: Fenway

There’s No Place Like Home

I love when the Red Sox come home. The Red Sox must too. Why can’t we play all of our games at Fenway? After all, it is America’s Most Beloved Ballpark, right? The most amazing things seem to happen when the Red Sox are at home.

 


osvrs.JPGGames 10, 11, 12 & 13 – Fenway Park – April 17, 18, 19 & 20

Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles

 

Game 1 of the Series: W ~ 10-8

 

I had to go to a wake tonight. An old friend passed away. She was a very big Red Sox fan. She was 80 and unlike her husband, she was lucky enough to see the Red Sox win two championships.

 


penny.JPGI heard the beginning of the game and it was ugly. As much as I’d rather not talk about, I will. When I got out of the wake, Brad Penny had given up a total of seven runs. Penny gave up a gazillion walks to load the bases and Nick Markakus hits a grand slam. Remember, this is the second inning. Luckily the Red Sox offense came alive and on my way to pick up the kids; Jason Bay hits a homer that drives in three runs. The Red Sox scored four in the bottom of the second. OK., cool. At least we’re not going to get shut out. 

 

After taking Penny out in the third, they put Delcarmen in. With no outs and one on, Markakis hits a double to drive in a run. I still wasn’t ready to throw in the towel, afterall, we’re playing the O’s. Delcarmen retires the next eight batters in a row. J. D. Drew hits a homer in the third. The RS offense stays hot and we get three more in the fifth, including a 2-run double by Nick Green. Youk gets drilled by a ball thrown by Baez and ends up scoring the 10th run off a single by Mike Lowell.

 

Overall, it was one of those crazy nights, ones that only seem to happen to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

 

Game 2 of the Series:  W ~ 6-4

 

You know what they say about payback? Youk gets drilled by a pitch last
Thumbnail image for youk.jpgnight, and what better way to pay back those O’s but by going 4-5 with four RBI’s. Youk’s four hits in the game included a single, two doubles and his third home run of the season that brought home Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz.

 

Luckily our offense is coming to; it’s the second night in a row the Red Sox got 12 hits. Josh Beckett got the win. He’ll begin serving his suspension after this so it’s great he’s on a high note.

 

But, that’s only part one of the exciting night in baseball. I had to TIVO the game because I went to a concert last night. I was bummed I’d miss the game but knew I could watch it later. I headed up to Worcester to see the Dead. Had VIP passes that had all the perks of an important person. It was fun and the concert was great but the reason I bring this up is that instead of heading to our seats when we arrived at the venue, we went to the pre-concert party before hand. When we walked in the first thing I saw was huge widescreens with Cleveland playing those pinstripers. Of course, my first impression was, why on earth would they have this game on. So, I look at the score and it’s 20-4, Cleveland. Wow! What a fun way to start a night!

It only got worse for that NY team, but, oh well…you can’t win them all.

 

Game 3 of the Series:  W ~ 2-1

 

Finally. Jon Lester looked like Jon Lester. Like everyone, I was a bit
Thumbnail image for lester2.JPGworried since Lester had two really horrible starts, of course the only two of this season. But tonight he pitched seven shut out innings. That away, Jon.

 

Youk was being Youk; he doubled in the second, knocking in the first of the two RS runs. Man, he is hot! Sato finished up the game, giving Paps the night off. Yes, three in a row and a day game tomorrow!

 

Game 4 of the Series:  W~ 12-1 – Patriot’s Day 2009

 

The game started as a Red Sox slug-fest and ended as a slug-fest with a fifteen hit outing. With Justin Masterson on the mound, my eyes were glued to the set. I love to watch him pitch but I am really concerned for any young arm to go from starter to bullpen, to starter and back to bullpen. I guess it’s the mom in me but after seeing Paps carry his arm off the mound a few years ago, I am nervous about this. He did a fine job
jmas.JPG covering for Diva Dice-K who is recovering from playing in the WBC.

 

It appeared to be a cold, windy day at Fenway but our bats were hot. (How cliche.) The wind must have been blowing just the right way. Dustin Pedroia had four hits, drove in three and scored three runs. Even
dustin.JPGBig Papi, who so far has been silent, had a double, a triple and drove in two runs. Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and scored three times. Tek continued to show he means business by adding two RBI’s that included a shot over the Monster.

 

This game concludes the four game series with the O’s. It’s nice to know that we’ve won four in a row now; it sort of takes the sting away from the west coast trip.

 

I Got The Blues; The Virtual Waiting Room Blues

Today is one of those days that by afternoon I’ll be so wiped out that, well, I don’t even know the cure for it yet. The irony is, I’ll likely be sitting around all
tix.JPGday.

 

Yes, today is the general onsale date for those ever-coveted, highly-sought-after tickets to Red Sox games at Fenway Park.

 

In December, tickets went on sale in packs of four (Sox Packs): you get three, what some call lousy games, and one decent game. Additionally, tickets for select games early in the season and September are released for sale at that time, as well. Anyone that lives in a 200-mile radius of Boston knows (or should know) that April and early May could be freeeeeeezing, or so darn hot that a ticket to
fenway.JPGFenway is a gamble. September games will bring cool nights but hot baseball so it sort of averages out. But today, the rest of the tickets are opened up to those who are paying attention. Tickets for warm summer nights in
Boston. Tickets for Interleague games. Tickets to Fenway Park.

 

Of course, these remaining games that go onsale today have their exceptions, too. No Opening Day; no Yankee games; no Monster Seats; no Bud Roof Tables. These all go on sale later. You see, the owners of the Red Sox feel pity to those of us who want tickets. They allow us the freedom of having our Mastercard charges spread over a four or five month period. You need to remember, tickets to Fenway Park are the most expensive in the Major Leagues. I buy for a family of four so IF I can even get tickets, they do a job on my Mastercard.

 

Come 10:00 a.m., I will be sitting in the VWR (Virtual Waiting Room) for hours
vwr.JPGand hours. I wish it wasn’t Virtual because I truly would like them to serve a continental breakfast. OK, since it is Virtual, they should provide video games or we should be able to talk to each other or something. It’s unbelievably boring but hectic. I’m pretty na├»ve when it comes to ticket buying. You’d think after all these years and times of sitting, I’d figure something out to ease the pain of the VWR, but nope. Not me. I absolutely have the worst luck in the world. I never can get in. I now have wireless (yes, I know, welcome to the 21st Century) so my waiting can be done anywhere I want. But, I still stay in my little corner of my ‘office’ so I don’t hear the kids fighting, the dog barking, etc. Waiting.

 

I have friends, that for some reason can get in and out in a matter of minutes. Don’t know how they do it. Luck? Who knows? Maybe there is a trick that they know of and I don’t. If it is luck, well than, my chances of grand things like winning Powerball are ever-increasing. My chances grow greater every onsale day. Hopefully.

 

Gone are the days when you can go the day of the game and
oldtix.JPGscore just about any seat category you’d like. The good ol’ days!

 

I do a lot of work ahead of this sale to try to figure out which games I’ll need / want. I have grids, schedules, index cards with first, second, third choices, not that it matters. I always try to approach life with the glass half-full. Since I have a limited season ticket package, I already have ten games. I have unfortunate circumstances around this package. I have four in my family and only three seats to my package. My son was an infant when I got this package and didn’t need a seat. Thinking the Red Sox would be reasonable, I could ‘upgrade’ when he could sit up, but nope. Unfortunately (or should I say fortunately) the Red Sox went and won a World Series championship since then and tickets became virtually impossible to get. The Red Sox now limit your ticket buying, which makes matters worse. Since I already have tickets, they see no need for me to keep buying them. What they don’t understand is that I am buying a lot of my tickets to match up the games I need for my little guy to be able to come so we might be able to go as a family to “Family-Friendly Fenway.” But, of course, since he doesn’t have a Mastercard, he can’t buy his own darn tickets so they limit me. Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place.

 

So, as I wait in the VWR, I’ll be thinking of the sights, sounds, and smells of Fenway Park. You know, virtually. My favorite are the sounds. My ears are my strongest sense. There is no way to duplicate that. I’ll have a window open to my friends on the message  board I belong to, reading how they successfully bought their limits of Mets tickets, Rays tickets, warm summer night tickets. And me, I’ll be sitting, waiting, waiting waiting. Oh, the pleasures of being a Red Sox fan.