So I got the chance to take part in running the bases at Fenway Park during the last home game of the season on Wednesday night. It was an experience I will never forget, but an experience that was actually not as good as it could have been because of the paranoid staff at Fenway Park. They told everyone they needed to run, but of course everyone just walked and took pictures.
Before the game my cousin and I enjoyed a couple beverages at The Baseball Tavern:
My cousin Alan is only 21 and this was his first experience at Fenway Park after turning 21:
Before the game, there was an amazing ceremony where the All Fenway Top 100 team was announced.
The biggest surprise for me was the return of Roger Clemens. Seeing Pedro Martinez, Time Walkefield, Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Varitek. But seeing the older players and their emotion when they talked about Johnny Pesky made me and the rest of Fenway Park cry.
The game wasn’t that great, but then in the bottom of the eighth they announced on the board that anyone still in the park would be able to run the bases. We all gathered in the concourse and came out of the same door that the players came out during the All- Fenway Team.
Once I got on the field I took a handful of dirt and rubbed it into my hands, and then I rubbed it into my shirt.
We made our way down the warning track and down the line:
And then we came upon Pesky’s Pole:
Then we got to the bases, I let my cousin go first and told him to take a picture of me at home plate. He got a decent picture of me walking down the line, and I was going to try and slide at home plate, but then I decided to stomp on home plate.
Unfortunately, a rather large woman was standing right next to the plate blocking it, but it was still a great experience. I didn’t bother posting the pic, as it was out of focus as well. On the way out I was able to snag a 100-year anniversary cup.
I was able to tag a seat at Fenway Park in section 42, so the trip wasn’t a total losss . . .