Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Going to the World Series

Tonight, Wednesday, October 30, 2013, is game six of the World Series at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Kim and I will be there.
This will be the biggest event in Boston since the marathon bombing. I received an email from the Red Sox, and I read similar articles online, explaining that all the streets around Fenway Park will be closed to traffic and parking for security reasons. Everyone is encouraged to take public transportation to the game – essentially the subway system.
There are a couple of problems with this scenario. First, there are no wheelchair accessible subways that run to Fenway Park. Oh, the Green Line is advertised as accessible, but it’s really not. I tried it once and it was a disaster. Read about it here.
Typically, we park at one of the many handicapped parking spots on the streets around Fenway. The email from the Red Sox, and the similar online articles, don’t address what the hell handicapped people are supposed to do. I’m not happy.
First pitch is just after 8:00, and the gates open at 5: 30. So there’s the issue of normal, everyday rush hour traffic. But with all the streets around Fenway blocked off, that part of town is going to be a clusterfuck starting at around 4:00. That’s not all. Just a mile or two away, President Obama is giving a speech about Obama-care at 4:00. Are you kidding me? All the streets around Faneuil Hall will be clusterfucked too. This doesn’t leave many open streets in Boston at all, hence the suggestion that everyone take public transportation.
Our friend Randi, who lives on the south side of Boston, presumably a safe distance from both clusters, has volunteered to help out. She has identified some handicapped parking spots just outside the secure area at Fenway. We’re going to drive down through Cambridge, avoiding downtown Boston and Storrow Drive. If we find these spots available, we are golden. If not, we just have to continue a short way down Massachusetts Avenue and we’ll be at Randi’s house. She’ll give us a ride as close to she can, drop us off, and then park our van near her house. She’ll either pick us up around midnight or we’ll walk the half hour from Fenway to her house. We’ll then make our way back to Maine. It’s going to be a late night, or should I say an early morning.
With all the logistics I've been working on, I sometimes forget, if only for a few minutes, that there's going to be a baseball game too.
Kim and I have seats at the very front of the right field bleacher section. The view we will have is shown in the picture at the top of this post. I was able to obtain these tickets a couple of weeks ago by simply making a phone call to the wheelchair accessible number. I love that number! I had to pay five times the regular season rate for these seats – $125 per ticket. I now understand that I can sell these tickets for well over $1000 each. I bet that as we approach the stadium I’ll be offered over $2000 per ticket. But we are lifelong, hard-core fans. Our tickets are not for sale at any price!
What’s the big deal? Why are these ticket prices higher than anyone has ever seen for a baseball game before? The Red Sox have won two World Series in this millennium, but they haven’t clinched a World Series at Fenway Park since 1918. The rabid New England sports fans are hoping that tonight is the night. But even if they lose tonight, they’ll have another chance to win the World Series tomorrow night, and Kim and I will be watching from the comfort of our living room. The St. Louis Cardinals are no slouches, however, so this is far from a done deal.
We are sitting in a prime spot for catching a home run ball – maybe a Big Papi walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to win the World Series. Kim is bringing one of our old baseball gloves for the dual purpose of obtaining a souvenir and protecting me from these projectiles. The problem is, she’s not sure if she catches right-handed or left-handed. Maybe she will bring two gloves- one for each hand.
Watch for us on TV. Go Red Sox!

6 comments:

  1. I've been rooting for them!! Hope your drive and parking work out, but I really hope you guys win!! Have fun.

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  2. Congratulations on being there. Sports is an important part of your life and I am glad that you were able to be there for what must have been the ultimate win for your sports fan heart!

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  3. Goodness it was a wonderful game, very glad it wasn't a nail biter. I Love watching baseball, glad Boston won and at home too, makes it more fun to be in that moment and at the game.

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  4. Muffie, we had a blast! Details to follow.

    Darren, you are correct. on a couple of occasions I've drifted away from sports, but I always come back.

    Mary K, it may not have technically been a nailbiter, but until the bottom of the ninth inning I was, well, biting my nails.

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  5. Hey buddy, so glad you could go to the game. It was exciting enough sitting here in NYC watching it on TV, can't even imagine what it must of been like in the stadium. God, I used to have a blast in the bleachers in Fenway back in the 80s, during meaningless games when tickets could be had for about five bucks. What a difference three decades make…

    We are the champions, my friend! I was wondering, did they sing "Sweet Caroline" after "God Bless America"? They cut to a commercial after "America"…

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  6. Marc, congratulations to you, the biggest Red Sox fan in New York City! It was an incredible experience. They sing “Take Me out to the Ballgame” and sometimes “God Bless America” halfway through the seventh inning. They sing “Sweet Caroline” halfway through the eighth-inning every game. In fact, I recorded this rendition of Sweet Caroline, and it will be in a blog post soon… I’m watching the parade on TV right now!

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