Doug and I stopped by a Rite-Aid store to pick up a small cooler and a bag of ice to keep our tasty cupcake charges cool during this brutally hot weekend and luckily they traveled well. Doug has the best "parking karma" I have ever witnessed. He constantly finds choice parking spots in NYC that are free or low-cost. Tonight was no exception as we passed lot after lot of $20, $30 and even $50 parking, he found a metered spot in front of the Star Market on Boylston across from Fenway Park and we only had to put in $1.50 until the metrering stopped at 8pm. SCORE!! It was still pretty muggy but much more bearable as the sun started to go down and Mother Nature painted quite a beautiful picture.
Strolling down memory lane...
Jackie Robinson's number as it was retired from baseball in 1997.
Billyboy and The Spendid Splinter
Indeed. A little nod to Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline", played at Fenway each home game.
Teammates. I think the four are Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio.
I'm so happy that more flags have been added to this collection in recent years though I wish I had moved to NYC in 2005 instead of 2003. Would have loved to have lived blocks from Fenway in the wake of that 2004 World Series Championship!
Oh, how I miss the "T".
I think Mike Lowell threw out the first pitch.
A nice nod to the ladies who took it far and gave it their all. I recently read an interview with Abby Wambach (2nd from left) and she seems really cool.
And the iconic Green Monster. When he first arrived in Fenway, the ever quotable pitcher, Bill "The Spaceman" Lee, asked, "Do they leave it there during games?"
Doug was craving some ice cream so he picked up a sundae in a mini Boston helmet. Maybe there IS a chance that he will come back from the Dark Side (Yankees fan) and get with the Rebel Alliance!
The Sox had a nice moment to acknowledge Mike Lowell's contributions during his years with the team, especially his World Series MVP run in 2007.
I love how relief pitchers have their own "entrance music". Mariano Rivera has "Enter Sandman" by Metallica and he certainly earns it on the mound. Jonathan Papelbon has "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" by The Dropkick Murphys, a great song that gets the crowd pumped up and seems to fit with Papelbon's wild card personality. The game was scoreless into the 7th until Beckett let a home run slip by. The Sox then had a bottom of the 7th rally started by team captain Jason Varitek and by the end of the inning, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had scored from third on a wild pitch making the score 3-1. Papelbon sealed up the victory in typical fashion.
The Pru (Prudential Building) after the game.
Right in the middle of Red Sox Nation!