Re: What is your favorite Sox memory from a ballgame (in your lifetime),?
posted at 2/19/2011 2:17 PM EST
Thanks for this memory. It reminded when I took my son to this first game at Fenway, in 2007. We took the Amtrak from New Jersey, rolled along the coast , he took in those sites, the boats, the water, and all the way we talked about the game, Who's Who in Baseball,. Arriving in Boston we headed to the HoJo's where we stayed.
We walked to the park that night for the game, my current favorite J. Lester was pitching.
When we walked down Yawkey Way and into the stadium, when my son saw the field, he poked me and said, "Dad, there is the Monster, this is Fenway". The emotion on his face, the elevated excitement in his voice told me, this was a very special moment for us. My team had now become his team.
We walked to our bleacher seats, bought on-line for $45 each, and settled in to watch the workouts.
My son, did the usual, "Dad, there is Paps, look Papi is coming into the cage, there is Youk, how come he shaves his head?"
During the game we did the Sweet Caroline, swaying with our fellow Sox fans, my son was fully immersed in Sox tradition.
Game over, Sox won, we walked back to HoJo's. We turned on the late Sports news, about 2am we decided it was time to call it a day. I watched him fall asleep and smiled. This day, to see my team, and now his team, had provided me with one of the most cherised things a father can have, a bonding experience with his son, deep on so many emotional levels; one grown man, seeing his son a few years from becoming a young man, but this night, he was on his way with a boost from all things Red Sox.
The Sox as an institution laid out that Emerald Green carpet and we were swept away, joining the generational tide that grows from one generation to the next.
Thank You, Red Sox, Mr. Henry, the players.
In Response to Re: What is your favorite Sox memory from a ballgame (in your lifetime),?
[QUOTE]My son's first ever game at Fenway, home opening weekend, 2005..... A few days after the ring ceremony, after the Yankees left town. It was a Saturday afternoon game against Tampa Bay. The only part of the game I remember was Edgar Renteria hitting a game winning home run, and the Sox winning 3-1... The great memory was anticipating my son's reaction to seeing Fenway and the Sox live for the first time. He was 14, and very excited. As we entered the main gate on Yawkey Way, I remember stopping him just before we went up the runway behind home plate. I wanted to watch his reaction. I told him that what he was about to see was something he'd remember for the rest of his life. As we came out of the dark tunnel, he saw the green monster in bright sunlight. The Sox were taking batting practice, and the first player he spotted was Manny. Then Johnny Damon. His face slowly broke into the biggest grin I've ever seen, and his eyes opened as wide as saucers... The look on that face is something I'll never forget. I got a little emotional.... Seems like it was yesterday. That will always be my fondest memory of a ballgame.
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