I was so psyched to be going to the game. I hadn't been to a Red Sox game in years. I asked the Manager of my bank branch to be my guest. She is a big fan and her father has worked at Fenway Park since 1967. He even has a World Series ring from the 2007 championships!
The night could not have been more perfect. I think the temps were in the 60's and
I could have sat outside all night. I was worrying that it might be too hot, too cold or worse
case scenario, rainy. We lucked out because as you may know we had some wild weather on
Wednesday and some tornadoes touched down in the Springfield area.
Actually I waited to post this Night at Fenway story because it seemed inappropriate to post about such a fun night when so many out in the Springfield area were dealing with utter devastation. My prayers are with them as they rebuild and pick up the pieces of their lives.
This was the vantage point from our seats. Sweet! That's the Green Monster to the left. It is
a Fenway landmark.
I was so happy I bought a telephoto lens a few weeks ago. It came in very handy at the game.
Our seats were behind the screen. No one wants to get beaned by a foul ball. Quite a few foul balls did land in the sections on either side of us. That would have been perfect if I got to bring home a game used ball!
I liked the results from my new lens. Actually I bought a used one but it's new to me. I shot a lot of the photos in sports mode which is really cool. I caught a lot of the runners in mid stride.
So many vendors were at the game. Beer, coke, lemonade, hot dogs, cotton candy, peanuts, pizza. Name your nutritional poison and you could buy it right from your seat.
Here's the famed Green Monster. It's in left field and it has taken away many a home run.
However, our Captain Jason Varitek managed to hit a homer. Here he is receiving congratulations from his teammate.
The grounds crew did a fine job on the baselines. Don't mind the water bottles, the nerve of those vendors getting in my shots!
Evening starts to set in. The temperature was still comfortable and I was enjoying all the sights on and off the field.
The people who run the jumbotron scan the crowd for interesting faces and things going on at
the park. Some fans paid homage to the Bruins who were playing game one of the Stanley Cup finals the next night. There were lots of Bruins shirts in the crowd. We are so proud our hockey team is playing for the Championship! Woo hoo!
The Prudential Center or as we Bostonians call it, "The Pru", is that tall building in the background. And there is the subliminal message to buy a beer right there for all to see all game long.
More vendors or as I affectionately call them, "The Finger People", were hawking souvenirs .
Getting really dark now and the lights are not kind to my photographs! The lights are also not kind to that man's bald head in front of me.
Captain Varitek again.
More excitement off field. Looks like a surprise proposal. Yup, he's on one knee.
You can enlarge this photo by clicking on it. That looks like quite the rock on her hand! I am glad she said yes. Wouldn't that have been embarrassing?
She has her bearings now. Yes, you are on display for everyone to see!
It's really dark at this point or as we say in Boston, it's really dahk now!
We took advantage of the seventh inning stretch and walked around Yawkey Way where there are shops and food vendors. I just took some photos, no eating or drinking at this point.
I guess other people had the same idea. There's lots to see around this area.
Back to the game but from a different vantage point. I wanted to see all of Fenway Park.
Time for the wave. From this angle, I could really appreciate how many people were at the game.
I wish the lighting had been better here. This was supposed to be my money shot! I was going to lead my post with this shot but here it is way down the end of the post because of it's poor quality.
We left the game a bit early to avoid traffic only to find a line to get our car out of the parking lot.
Can you believe the price to park your car? And then you have to stand in line to get it? Insanity!
All in all a very fun night. I hope to go again in this decade. Thanks to Larry for the tickets and Jen for driving in and accompanying me at the game. I hope you all enjoyed your vicarious night at Fenway!