Red Sox Fans: Recalling First Fenway Visit
I'm originally from Marquette, MI in the Upper
Peninsula of Michigan, but now I reside in Saginaw, MI. I am a part-time
disc jockey and sports videographer.
I have been a Sox fan for as long as I remember, namely, becoming a fan in
1986, when I was 9. It was the first vivid World Series I can remember (the
'84 Tigers mean nothing to me... to my dad's dismay) and since then I've
been the odd one for cheering an East Coast team while all my freinds were
either Tigers or Brewers fans.
I finally got to Fenway August, 17, 1999. It was the summer before my senior
year in college and myself, along with two friends of mine realized this may
be our last chance at blowing a lot of money and seeing as many major league
games as we could before we had to start our careers.
It was the best idea we ever made.
It was a 16-day, 8-ballparks, 3-hall of fames, dream of a trip as we visited
Tiger Stadium, Jacobs' Field, Skydome, Yankee Stadium, Shea, the Vet, Camden
Yards... and of course Fenway Park.
We got tickets down behind Pesky's Pole.
I remember walking up to the stadium and just taking it all in.
By the time we started over to our seats (Sec 6, Box 92, Row RR, seat 2) I
was shaking... as we entered the tunnel to go to the RF box, my friend Jason
turned to me with total knowledge that I was mesmerized by the whole
"You ready for this?" he asked.
I could only nod like a small child.
We stepped into the dimming sunlight and I froze... just starting to my left
and slowing making my way to the right.
There was the press box, the sunlight gleaming through the 1st base side
stands, THE MONSTER... and the Citgo sign... pure joy!
Tears started to swell as I realized that I found out what heaven is going
to be like, an August night in the grandest ballpark of all time... Fenway
The A's beat the Sox 12-1 that night, but nothing could kill the pleasure of
seeing MY team in MY ballpark that night.
Thanks for letting me relive this memory...