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Baseball Summer, Fenway Park

And now I take you to the oldest of the shrines in America, the home of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park.

Behind the plate, what was once the 406 club.

Behind the plate, what was once the 406 club.

when you go to a game at "the fenway" be sure to get there early so you can enjoy a typical new England meal and a pint of Sam Adams beer at the Cask and Flagon restaurant. It is located behind left field and is almost as famous as the park itself, This ohoto is taken from the front door.

When you go to a game at “the Fenway” be sure to get there early so you can enjoy a typical new England meal and a pint of Sam Adams beer at the Cask and Flagon restaurant. It is located behind left field and is almost as famous as the park itself, This photo is taken from the front door.

Fenway park opened in 1912. It is located in an old neighborhood called the Fenway. It shows it’s age. It is still a beloved place to see a game. Whenever there is a rumor that it will be torn down and replaced by a “cookie cutter” modern park, the people of Boston rise up like it is 1776.

I used to go to a lot of games there when I worked in Cambridge. My company had season tickets, and I was the only baseball fan. The seats were in a much better section than where I sat on the tour. Our seats were in what is called the grandstand. I think these were the most uncomfortable seats I have ever had in any ballpark. They had no cupholders and were so close together that my knees knocked the fan in front of me. When you go, it does not matter how many Sam Adams ales you have had at the Cask and Flagon, you need to pay for better seats!

Something new since my days in Cambridge is all the “craft beers” for sale. Something the same is that the vendors outside the park still have the best peanuts and Italian sausages.

Fenway Park is the home of the famous Green Monster.

Fenway Park is the home of the famous Green Monster. The monster is 310 feet away from the plate, which is not that far, but it is 37 feet high and requires a prodigious blast to get a home run.

The view from atop the monster.

The view from atop the monster.

Broach Baseball tours treated us to a tour of the Fenway which included a trip to the Monster seats recently added to the venue. They are a big attraction and sell out for every game.

The tour also took us to many off the beat places in the park. In one we met an old character who has worked in fan hospitality for a very long time. He showed off his championship rings.

An impressive collection, and priceless I am sure.

An impressive collection, and priceless I am sure.

And now, for the most unforgettable single event of my summer. Our tour guide mentioned that the Red Sox had played in the first ever World Series. I finished his sentence by saying “Yup, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. My grandfather was on that team.” He was hesitatingly impressed. He asked me his name. Then he said he had a special treat for me later in the tour.

He took us down a back hall way, off the tour. he told me "Stand here and look up." My jaw dropped. There in Fenway park was a photo of my grandfather Fred Carisch. he is in the middle in back row. That was a very memorable moment for me, and it made me a celebrity inour tour group.

He took us down a back hall way, off the tour. he told me “Stand here and look up.” My jaw dropped. There in Fenway park was a photo of my grandfather Fred Carisch. He is in the middle in back row. That was a very memorable moment for me, and it made me a celebrity in our tour group.

When you go to Fenway, do NOT bring a bag. If you do, you will have to stand in a long line to be inspected, worse than TSA. They are still reeling from the Boston Marathon bombing. We also found the staff to be aloof, and forgetful that we were the customer. My wife told one “You people do not even smile at the fans and not one of you have said ‘welcome to Fenway'”. He smiled and said “welcome to Fenway” She felt better.

Although the Sox got beat soundly, most the crowd stayed for the Boston tradition of singing Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. It has become the signature song of the Red Sox.

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