A Day at Fenway Park Boston MA
I was fortunate as a kid to have attended baseball games at both Fenway Park in Boston as well as Yankee Stadium in New York City. We went as part of a Little League adventure. This would have to have been in the mid to late 1950's and aside from remembering who was playing the home teams, it was a day of remembrance to just have been there.
This past Sunday, May 29 was a day that we took the youngest grandson, Raphael, to Fenway Park. It was a game between Boston and the Toronto Blue Jays. His team of choice, much to my chagrin was the team in Blue as it's his favorite color.
Yawkey Way outside the park is a vendors haven with shops selling souvenirs as well as food and even street entertainers amusing the early arriving crowd.
Our boy was ready for batting practice. He had his souvenir bat, blue of course, even though it was a Red Sox bat along with his blue shirt, but it did not read Blue Jays. I hope he doesn't have his tongue out when he bats, he could have an accident.
While I do not remember who was playing, I do recall that there was at least one player on the field that was worth remembering. On that day, Ted Williams was still working left field. Who knew he would one day be a Hall of Famer.
On this day, there were several players that have had outstanding careers to date, but only 1 that would have a chance to get into the Hall of Fame within the next few years and that would be David, Big Papy, Ortiz, which did have a decent game late.
Fenway is known for it's left field wall which can be used to a hitter's advantage as it will allow a long fly in most parks to be a home run here, or even a wall-ball to get on base. The park is the oldest Major League park still in use, having been opened for play in April 1912.
On this day, however, the Red Sox came up short. The Blue Jays pitcher was throwing a no hitter through the 6th inning. In the ninth, the Sox came close to winning coming back from a 4 run deficit only to fail at the end, losing 5-4. When the game was on the line, the enthusiasm of Raphael was slot and my heart felt his anguish as he so wanted Toronto to win. I found myself wishing he would walk away a happy faced youngster of 7 even though I so wanted Boston to win.
My hope is that he will remember his experience at the ball park down the road and maybe even do similar for his children or grandchildren.
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