One week ago today Jordan and I were wrapping up our long weekend in Boston. The driving force behind this trip was to get Jordan to Fenway before his 25th birthday, which happens to be this week! Jordan has been a Red Sox fan since he was old enough to choose. His passion for America’s favorite baseball team is one of my favorite things about him. Earlier this year we were starting to plan our anniversary trip to Mexico, but we scrapped it all and decided that a trip to Boston was long overdue. I was originally going to write one post about our favorite places to see and things to do, but I started with Fenway and, well – if you make it to the end of this post you’ll understand why that’s not the case.
Before our trip, I kept joking that Jordan would be more emotional during his first game at Fenway than he was at our wedding – ha! I was wrong, but it turned out to be a little emotional for me to watch him see Fenway for the first time. We got off the T (Boston’s Subway) at Kenmore Station, rounded a corner, crossed the David Ortiz bridge and there. she. was. In all her glory. The legendary Green Monster – Fenway’s outfield star.
Three hours before the game, every street and bar was bursting with fans. Every ten feet a thick, Boston accent was begging for your attention: “Programs! Getchya programs hee-uh!”. Not to sound cliché, but the atmosphere was truly electric. We went straight to Yawkey Way, which is the brick road that Fenway Park sits on. The whole street is blocked off during the game, and most of it is only accessible with a ticket. We popped into the corner store (the only one accessible before the gates open) and bought our coozies – priorities!
Fenway is one of the most urban ball parks in the country, as it’s nestled right into its namesake neighborhood of Fenway. After our very important purchase we decided to take a lap around the park. Every square inch of the block that Fenway park sits on is so charming. The roads are brick, the bars are exploding with Red Sox spirit, the outside of the stadium is decorated head to toe with all of the best moments in Red Sox baseball, and you can’t help but feel at home. Before we even stepped foot inside the stadium, we knew this place would forever be our Disney World.
The gates finally opened and we popped into a few more fan stores before making our way into the stadium. We walked around the whole first level of the stadium to check out all of the displays and food options, but ultimately decided to settle into our seats before getting our first Fenway Frank. Fenway is a smaller stadium, so almost every seat feels close to the field. Our view from the first baseline was great! Several foul balls landed close to us, and they escorted the gentleman who charged the field right by us – I was pretty speechless! Our Fenway Franks were beyond any ball park hotdog I’ve ever had, and Jordan fell in love with a seasonal craft beer.
It turned out to be a really good game, and the Red Sox came back from behind to beat the Yankees! I’d love to tell you all about every single pitch, but nothing I say will adequately describe what it feels like to watch a ball game at Fenway. Red Sox fan, or not.
It was quite the relief that they won during our first game. Neither of us said it out loud, but there was definitely a fear that if they lost, we might be the bad luck ;) #YankeesSuck
We intentionally decided to go to the Red Sox vs. Yankees series. I mean, it just adds that extra touch of quintessential. The unfortunate side to this decision is the fact that these were some of the most expensive tickets you could possibly purchase in all of Major League Baseball. For this reason, we planned to watch the Saturday game from the bars around Fenway Park.
And then, the Red Sox decided to pitch Chris Sales. The one guy Jordan most wanted to watch. We started to develop a plan to purchase tickets. After several attempts at haggling with scalpers (shame, shame) we decided that we wouldn’t be able to sit in a good sit without paying less than $200 a ticket. We would hardly be able to see him pitch from the outfield anyway.
We succumbed to our efforts and got a seat at this awesome bar that is under the infamous Green Monster. Bleacher Bar has a mesh garage door that looks out onto Center field. Although we were really bummed about not being in the stadium when Chris pitched, I’m glad we got to watch a game from the Bleacher Bar. It was a fun experience, and the Red Sox lost which lessened the sting. Maybe we’re good luck?
I woke up so happy on Sunday – I was so ready to be back in Fenway Park. We didn’t arrive quite as early this time, but still had time to walk through the stores and grab a few more things, such as a Red Sox scarf for Lincoln. Apparently, my minimalistic principles don’t apply to Red Sox gear – ha!
We had plans to go to the Union Oyster House that evening and we didn’t want to be full. So, we planned out exactly what we wanted to eat at the ball park. We decided to get two Fenway Franks. I would have one beer and Jordan was going to get two. It was absolutely perfect, but I think I would have been just as happy to eat Fenway Franks for dinner as well. SO good.
Our seats were right behind home plate for this game. It was the perfect view. Red Sox vs. Yankees are usually pretty slow games, and this one was dead on. I was actually really glad because I didn’t want the magic to end. We closed the series with another win, although no rogue fans on the field this time.
On Monday morning we checked out of our hotel and headed back to Fenway Park for the official tour. The Fenway Park tour is an hour long and only costs $20 per person. If you’re not a Red Sox fan and don’t care to invest in seeing a game at Fenway, the official tour is a great opportunity to see the beautiful, historical landmark that is Fenway Park. Most of the people in our group didn’t really care about the Red Sox, they just wanted to see Fenway!
I was so excited to take the tour so that I could capture some images of the stadium without 30,000 people in the background. Imagine my disappointment when we walked out to the field and found a charity softball game being played. I was so bummed, but still yay for the charity. I was able to capture some neat pictures of the seats, which actually hold a lot of history and meaning. We got to sit on top of the Green Monster, walk through the visitors’ locker room, check out the view from the press box and tour the season ticket holder lounge which is also a museum of Red Sox history. Even though there was a group on the field, I’m really glad we decided to do this tour!
Tickets are easily purchased online, and picked up at will call!
Fenway Park has our hearts. Our hope is to make it there once a year, even for just one game! No matter how many times we take a trip to Fenway, the first one will always be my favorite.