LOCATION: Boston Red Sox vs Atlanta Braves at Fenway Park. Boston, MA.
Troy’s favorite team is the Atlanta Braves (Chipper Jones fan). So, when I saw that the team was playing at Fenway in June I jumped at the chance to get tickets. To see your favorite team at such a historical stadium just seems iconic. Not only was it iconic to go there anyways, but 2012 was their 100th year celebration AND Chipper Jones’ last year playing. These tickets meant a lot.
The area around Fenway is filled with bars and souvenir shops. All the buildings really made an effort to look as iconic as the stadium was and brought a huge historical aspect to the experience. We hung out at Boston Beer Works before the game and that place itself is one of the biggest reasons I want to go back! During their summer months, they offer a watermelon beer. It’s regular light beer but infused with watermelon and they place a watermelon slice in the beer. This was heaven! I cannot describe just how great this beer was.
We got into the stadium a little early because Troy really wanted to meet Chipper Jones. After some research, I found that the best place to meet visiting players were in two spots. The third dugout during batting practice and the visitor parking lot/entrance 3 hours before the game and immediately after the game. We walked up to the dugout and waited with a bunch of eager children. This was Troy’s wish, so I decided to wait behind and capture the moment like he does for so many of my items. I was even asked by a waiting mother, “which one is your child?” To which I pointed and said, “that one in the green.” Haha. After what seemed like forever, Chipper made his way to the wall and started to sign everyone’s things. Troy graciously handed him his jersey as I took pictures of Chipper signing and giving it back. Pure happiness. That in itself made the Fenway experience so worth it.
After we both calmed down from the sheer shock, we walked around the stadium to take in all the paintings on the walls and art. This was not like a normal stadium. We sat on the left side near the Green Monster and felt like a kid in a candy shop when the lights lit up and the stadium opened with Fun’s song “We Are Young.” Everything set the mood perfectly, the Braves won, and I don’t think I’ve ever had a better experience watching baseball in my life. When I hear that song now, I’m always brought back to that night. You can’t beat that.
* I am so very grateful to share this experience with Troy and to help him meet his childhood icon. Thank you for accompanying me on this adventure.
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Absolutely, and I can’t wait to go back! If you’re a fan of baseball, it is a must to go to this stadium. There is so much history and atmosphere. The bars around the stadium alone are fantastic to visit.
HOW TO DO THIS:
Red Sox tickets go on sale during January and you can get pretty good prices on tickets on their website. When they go on sale, you get put into a waiting room for the tickets, but it well worth it to not use the overpriced ticket sites. http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=bos
Boston Beer Works is amazing! During the summer months they have watermelon beer that is to die for. Best beer I’ve ever had. http://www.beerworks.net/