2007 COOPERSTOWN ROAD TRIP Day 12: Tampa Bay Devil Rays vs. Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park

5 Jul

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Because we wanted to spend the 4th of July in our nation’s capital (because how often do you get to do that?), we had to plan for a busy travel day on the 5th, being the last game of a Sox home stand at Fenway.  After very little sleep and an early-morning shuttle, Blake and I caught our flight to Boston.  We landed around 10:30 in the morning and caught the T into town.  Blake had Pricelined us a room at the Copley Square Hotel and fortunately they let us check in early.  The legendary Boston jazz club Storyville used to be located on the ground floor of the hotel.  It still bears the name of “Storyville” but is no longer a jazz club.

First stop after checking in was the exterior location of Cheers.  After a pre-lunch pint and a visit the gift shop to purchase Cheers memorabilia, it was time for us to wander the town and kill time before heading over to Fenway Park.

While wandering around town, we happened upon Berklee College of Music, a school I once considered attending, but couldn’t afford.  I at least had to run into the bookstore and get a T-shirt.

We eventually made our way over to Fenway for the game, and took a bit of time to soak the atmosphere on Yawkey Way.  Over the years, I have had a number of not-so-pleasant interactions with Red Sox fans, and from what I witnessed at Fenway, it was easy to see why.  I have no problem wearing my Angels gear at Yankee Stadium, but would probably incite a physical altercation at the Fens were I to don my Halo garb.  I really felt for the lone fan in his Devil Rays jersey, who had to endure constant taunts from the Fenway faithful, as well as some projectiles.

Of course, there really was no reason for the Sox fans to mistreat the Devil Rays fan as the game was a blow-out for the Sox, 15-4.  Coco Crisp hit a 1st inning grand slam off of JP Howell, and Mike Lowell hit a 3-run home run in the 2nd inning, putting the Devil Rays away early.  At the end of the game, there was a light rain, but that didn’t stop me from getting a picture next to the Pesky Pole.

When it came to the concessions at Fenway, I wasn’t impressed with the hot dogs, although the traditional New England bun was definitely a change of pace.  I also took advantage of the fact that Legal Seafood was selling chowder at the yard, but still I was not impressed by it.

Despite the experience of dealing with a stadium filled with Sox fans, it was nice to visit such a historic park.  As it turns out, the seats that Blake and I were sitting in were some of the oldest seats in the stadium.

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