My Ballpark Summer: They Say It’s Your Birthday
My book, My Ballpark Summer: What Taking Myself Out to the Ballgame is available as an eBook and a paperback on Amazon, so please check it out or share it with friends… especially if they’re baseball fans!
I’ll coordinate excerpts of the book with trips I took last year to give you a little sample of what you’ll read should you purchase the book! Can’t believe I’m turning 28 today, this year just flew by! 27 was by far one of the best years of my life and I couldn’t have kicked it off any better than a trip to Boston to see Fenway Park and the best rivalry in baseball! This was one of the best trips I took last summer for sure!
Here’s an excerpt from that chapter:
September rolled around and I couldn’t believe how time had flown. It felt like just last week I had decided to hop in my car and drive to Toronto. That was five months ago and how my life had changed in that time! I was down to my final three ballparks: Fenway Park, Coors Field, and Great American Ball Park. With Ohio State football season in full swing the first weekend of September, my time and focus was shifting from baseball as I was engulfed with the excitement, pride, passion, and obsession that is Buckeye football. I knew I needed to stay strong to knock out my final three trips. It wasn’t hard to stay motivated when I skimmed through the MLB schedule and saw what I deemed as the greatest news of my life. The Yankees would be playing Boston at Fenway on my birthday. I stifled a scream of delight and manage to stay planted in my chair since I figured my co-workers probably wouldn’t appreciate my half-scream, half-dance display of pure joy. Even though taking time off during football season is frowned upon, I didn’t care; I was a contract employee after all. I put in my request for the Monday and Tuesday off and booked my flight. There couldn’t have been a clearer sign that I was supposed to visit Fenway right then and there.
I shipped myself to Boston the following week to celebrate my birthday in a ballpark doing the same. Fenway Park was celebrating its 100th and it had been a goal of mine to see the Yankees and Red Sox play there this season. I stayed with my friend from high school, Sarah, in Somerville, which is just north of the city. It was a bonus to this trip that I would get to see Sarah again after such a long time. Her family had moved from our hometown while she was in college, so we hadn’t been able to see each other during breaks. It was like time hadn’t changed a thing, she was still the same girl I was friends with all those years before, only a little older and wiser, with a pretty awesome career. Sarah is a rocket scientist. How often do you get to drop that line? We gabbed away as we strolled around the very quaint town of Somerville before getting dinner. The town reminded me a lot of Hocus Pocus, one of my favorite fall movies, and I found myself thinking about the fall again; I needed to stay in my summer mindset!
Sarah had to work the following day, but would meet me at the ballpark for the game. I had no problem entertaining myself since I had been planning a trip to Boston in my mind for years. Sam Adams Brewery was my first stop. I’m a big craft beer fan and Sam Adams makes one of my favorite beers, the Winter Lager. Though it wasn’t in season, I still wanted to take a tour of the brewery and pay homage to the beer. It was just as neat as I expected it to be and the samples at the end were delicious. There’s nothing like the freshest beer off the tap to spoil your taste buds! Since it was only 10 AM and I had tons of other places to see and do, I didn’t indulge too much, but it was a great start to my day. I was primed and ready to see Boston. As much as I hate the city’s sports teams, and I dislike them a whole bunch, I am an absolute fanatic about the city’s history. History is one of my secret loves. I could spend hours running around looking at old buildings, cemeteries, and historical landmarks. Boston is the perfect city for doing just that and I planned to walk around the city following The Freedom Trail. Boston makes site-seeing easy providing a red trail for visitors to follow as well as offering guided tours. I didn’t have time for a tour so I picked up a Freedom Trail map at Faneuil Hall and chose to walk it myself. It wasn’t as easy to follow as I anticipated and I’ll admit I got a little lost at times. I did enjoy seeing Paul Revere’s house, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Old North Church among other sites. I concluded my own tour by visiting Sam Adam’s grave, then crossing the street to the bar and ordering a Sam Adams. As I cheered one cold Sam Adam with a cold Sam Adams, I thought my day couldn’t get any better, but I knew that was a short lived thought. It was Fenway Park time!
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Here are a few of my favorite pictures from this trip: