OPENING DAY AT FENWAY PARK
All photograph by Elsa/Getty ImagesSpring announces itself in different ways to different people. For gardeners, flowers blooms, the weather warms and nature awakes. But to a sports fan, Spring blares out the advent of baseball - specifically the first game of the season at Fenwick Park. Lucky me, I just happen to be in Boston right now and I can't think of a better way to spend the evening.
The sky is clear and slightly breezy. Fireworks and F-16's flying over Fenwick enhance the mood for pure excitement. The crowd is roaring. The outskirts of the park look like a giant street fair with thousands of people enjoying the open air bars, various baseball paraphernalia and food stands. It seems impossible to order up a more perfect night.
However, I didn't hold up much hope in nabbing stadium tickets; everything was sold out. I did find a great screen side view at the Cask and Flagon - the unofficial meeting place for hardcore Red Sox fans. There is a sea of Red Sox jerseys throughout this famous Boston sports bar to confirm its status.
The icing on the cake for tonight is that the Red Sox are playing the Yankees; a historic rivalry. It's been 25 years since the Red Sox have hosted an opening game against the Yankees. Thankfully, the game has ended up being everything it promised. The home team had a bit of a rough go at the start (behind 5 -1), but they made a magnificent come back for a 9 to 7 win. Red Sox fans everywhere have good reason to rejoice.