My First Game at Fenway

There’s absolutely nothing going on, the Hot Stove Season is officially boring me. I really hope that this is just a “calm before the storm” and that starting in December, the Hot Stove Season will start heating up. There’s not much more to write about… most of us have already talked about Peavy, Sabathia, Texieira, Burnett and Varitek numerous times. So, I’ve decided to share with you my feelings the first time I walked into Fenway Park. 

It was July 12, 2007, so it had been forever since I had last been in Boston, and I had only heard stories about Fenway Park, and seen it on TV while watching the games. I was staying with my friend and her uncle shares season tickets with one of his clients, so my friend and I were able to go to a game. I was so excited, I had to get there as soon as possible, so I forced my friend to take me before the gates even opened so we could see batting practice. Seeing Yawkey Way for the first time was absolutely incredible, I took pictures of absolutely everything (which I’d gladly share, they’re just much too big to put in here). I was absolutely ecstatic, to say the least, and everyone around us let us go ahead when they found out that it was my first time at Fenway Park (people at baseball games are honestly the nicest people in the world). It didn’t take us long to get to our section, but I had to savor the “tunnel experience”. I remember walking up slowly, only being able to see the blue of the sky at first. When I got to the top, my mouth fell open. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, the beautiful orange sand, the brilliant green grass, and of course, the gigantic green monster. I even teared up a little bit. My friend led us to our seats, and I was amazed at how incredible ours seats were– seven rows behind the batters box. Everyone around us was so nice, and hearing the roar of the crowd when the Red Sox took the field was exhilirating. Tim Wakefield pitched, and the Sox won. Whenever the Red Sox would be batting, my friend and I would scream at all the batters, and get them to turn around and wave at us. I choked up a little bit when Dustin turned around, because he was the first one to do so. Mike Lowell tried to throw us a ball, but a man in front of us intercepted it (but it was okay because he gave it to his kid), and Jason Varitek also waved. One of my favorite parts was between the eighth innings, when absolutely everybody got up and started singing Sweet Caroline at the top of their lungs. My friend and I moved down to the second row after a family had left. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, when Manny and Papi came out both of them waved at us! Jonathan Paplebon came to close out the ninth, and I just thought that it was the coolest thing to see his intimidating face live. Vernon Wells was one of the last batters, and everyone in our section started chanting his name (in a mocking fashion). After the game, Dirty Water played, and we walked out on to Yawkey Way. Walking into Fenway for the first time was one of the best experiences of my life, and I will never forget it. 
-Elizabeth

4 Comments

There is nothing better then your first time in the ballpark of your home/favorite team! My first time at Fenway was a long time ago, but I got to relive that when we took our boys for the first time! And you are right – fans in baseball parks are the nicest in the world!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Hi Elizabeth!

I LOVED this story … reminds me of a combination of my own memories and ones with my daughter at games …

I grew up in New York City and went to Yankee games with my parents (no Mets games until later, and then I had to beg because my parents were both Yankee fans … and please don’t hate me because I would go to root for the Orioles and my favorite player, Paul Blair!!!)

I remember at one game all the fans would shout to their favorite Yankees and they’d ignore them as if the stadium was empty, but when Blair walked by and I called hello to him, he stopped, turned around, waved and said hi!

I also remember taking my daughter to Camden Yards back when Delino Deshields played for the Orioles. We were sitting about four or five rows behind the home dugout and he was coming into the dugout and tossed her a ball … and the guy in front of us and about four seats to the right leaped over and grabbed it (and he DIDNT give it to a kid) … Delino saw this, went into the dugout, got ANOTHER ball, and made sure she got that one!

Unfortunately, she’s not much of a baseball fan, which is even worse since she is not only in college in Boston but literally a five-minute walk from Fenway so she misses out on lots of chances to go to games.

Thanks for checking out my blog earlier and I will bookmark yours!

Lisa
http://gotmilb.mlblogs.com/

A Very Beautiful Story, Elizabeth …

This is what baseball is all about — following our favorite team, [and other baseball events], and reliving the many great experiences and memories and joy that baseball gives to all of us !!! … The “Tunnel Experience” you describe in your post is one of the great feelings of walking into a ball park … Like you said in your “post” [about your Fenway Park experience], you “walked up slowly, only being able to see the blue of the sky at first”. Then, when your eyes seen the Field for the first time, you expressed your great joy of the moment, saying “it was he most beautiful thing you had ever seen” … Elizabeth, so very inspiring !!! … That brings back many memories of the many times that I was in Yankee Stadium [and, other ball parks, including, Fenway Park a couple of times] … I think, I always had a similar “tunnel experience”, at some level, every time I have walked into a ball park, and seen the field for the first time that day, before the game !!! … Your story also reminded me of the great baseball movie, “Field of Dreams” … The classic scene towards the end of the movie, when the James Earl Jones character, Terence Mann, makes his great speech about the greatness and beauty of baseball, really captures why “The Game of Baseball” is so special to all of us !!! … Paraphrasing part of the end of the speech, Jones finished with the following words, “The one constant through all the years has been “baseball” … Baseball has marked the time — this field, this game — it’s part of our past; it reminds us of all that once was good, and it could be again” … “If you build it, they will come” !!! … Elizaberth, I wrote a post, “Field(s) Of Dreams”, on my blog, on January 3, 2008, that was inspired by the movie, “Field of Dreams” … So, if you would like to read it, click on: http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/archives/2008/01/fields_of_dream.html

So, that’s it for now … Once again, “excellent post” … Jimmy [27NYY]

http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

WOW, that is like, a really cool description. I would love to go to Fenway someday! That is so cool that you got the players to wave at you and stuff! I absloutely love interacting with the players at the games (or at least trying to) Great story!
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