Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Happy 100th, Fenway!

Happy hundredth anniversary, Fenway Park!

Sure, this post is a few days late, but maybe I just wanted to wait until the Sox were on the upswing (har har). As of now, they have won the last two games against the Twins, and tonight's scoreboard reads 7-1 (top of the 6th).

Probably every resident of Beantown is aware by now that the actual 100th Anniversary game was an L for our beloved home team. And that is unfortunate, but if anything, we are ever optimistic.

The game itself was actually very fun. There was Big Papi's under-review home run, Fenway Franks, and a lot of cheering. But, for moi, it was almost not to be. That's because the decision to go was a last minute one. Ninety minutes before the game, my girlfriend and I found ourselves in a line that stretched from the ticket stand all the way down to the Bleacher Bar (a fantastic place that deserves a post of its own, by the way).

[Aside: To those of you who may be from out of town or planning a trip in the near future, waiting in line outside of Fenway for day-of tickets is a great way to make friends. It doesn't matter who's in line, everyone waiting in it is on the outside looking in; the collective is as one.]

Flash forward: The line stops moving mere minutes before the start of the game. We have advanced to within 25 people of the ticket stand. A low rumble is heard. And two jets fly over the park. It's started!  A few minutes go by, and a Fenway employee greets the line and explains that there are approximately 40 tickets that have just opened up. Some quick mental math (of the most dubious veracity) concludes that if we make it, it's going to be close. Well...(bated breath)...we made it! 

In we went, barreling down the corridors, around the park, and over to the bleachers. Seated, we were just in time to raise a glass to the toast (the now-biggest toast in the Guinness Book of World Records).

No, we didn't toast with .............................................

The Fenway Toast was made with Welch's White Grape Juice. And fun was had by all!

Til next time!

P.S. Can anyone verify the Jurassic Park theme being played during opening ceremonies?

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