A Weekend In Boston

May 3, 2013

Happy Friday!

This week I want to tell you about my awesome weekend in Boston! For my seventeenth birthday this year, I got the best present a die-hard Red Sox fan could ask for: tickets. Not just any tickets but State Street Pavilion tickets. It was awesome.

So, after my baseball game last Saturday, I drove down with my parents and Kenzie (’13) to stay with my aunt and uncle right outside of Boston. Since my game didn’t end until later than anticipated, we didn’t get down there until around 7:30 which ruled out an evening trip into the city. Instead, we ordered Indian food and relaxed. Also, we took a trip to Rancatore’s for some frappes (see blog post from last fall about this amazing place).

The next morning, we woke up and my dad dropped Kenzie and me off in Harvard Square. After abruptly realizing that not a single store was open, we hopped on the red line and went to Park Street, and then switched to the green line.  We got off at Government Center. After a quick stop at Dunkin’ Donuts (by the way, the Raspberry Lime Coolattas are very good) we walked around Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall. From there, our adventures took us on a walk through the Boston Common and then into the Public Garden. Once we reached Arlington St, we took a sharp left and then a right and headed down Boylston Street towards the three-story Apple store.

A few blocks down, there was a large crowd all facing a building. I couldn’t imagine why they were all stopped until I  looked across the street and saw the Public Library. Then, it hit me like a ton of bricks that we were about to walk past the sight of the Boston Bombings. We followed the crowd and looked over at the boarded up windows. This moment was life-changing.  It made me realize just how close to home this act of terror was.  It helped me fully grasp the gravity of the events that happened just a week and a half before.

But no more of the sad news! Let’s talk Sox. The State Street Pavilion seats have a special entrance that has some very cool memorabilia on the walls of the hall you walk down to get to your seats. There was everything from a jersey from 1918 to the World Series commemorative issue from 2004. Then we got to our seats. Here is a picture of the view:

It was a great day to be at Fenway Park. There was not a cloud in the sky. It was a little on the chilly side, but it could have been a lot worse. Kenzie and I saw a great game! The Sox won 6-1, and John Lackey pitched really well.

At the game, I realized just how special a place Fenway Park is. There is something about being there watching the game — the smells, the sounds, the food.  No place else could possibly compare to it.  Thanks for the tickets, Kenzie!  I hope you had as much fun as I did.

 

Until Next Week,

Alec

 

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