Wow. That is really all I can say about this day, wow. My cousin was finishing up her first season as an EMT for the Red Sox, and as a Fenway employee, she had tickets to the last home game of the season, which included an event afterwards for all the Family/Friends of the Fenway staff. The game itself was pretty emotional as it was teh last home game for Don Orsillo. Enough has been said about his departure, but personally I’m not happy with it. The dynamic between Don and Jerry is what I grew up with as a Sox fan, and while I have nothing against Dave O’Brien, he has some pretty big shoes to fill. As for the game itself, Henry Owens diminated the Orioles giving up only 3 hits in 7 2/3 innings, and Blake Swihart hit a solo HR to lead the Sox to the 2-0 victory. But the real story was after the game ended.
We all filed into the new concourse at Gate B, where we were served free food an drinks (including free beer!) while the rest of the fans ran the bases. Once the field was cleared, was when they opened up the garage door in centerfield and we were allowed out onto the hallowed ground that is Fenway Park. Needless to say, first stop was to the Green Monster where everyone was taking pictures, then off to the home dugout where you could see the player’s view from the bench. After that, we could wander around the infield (where I may have snagged a cup full of infield dirt), and finally the pitchers mound, which was unfortunately covered up. Then people started lining up to get a look inside the Green Monster, and man was it worth the wait. Sox Signatures is officially part of Fenway park as I stuck a sticker on the inside of the wall along with all the other famous autographs that have been there for who knows how long. If you want to watch the short video of my trip inside the monster, check out my Vine here. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I wish I had taken more pictures and souvenirs of my time spent on the field. There’s nothing like feeling the grass under you feet as you stare into home plate, or see the view from inside the Monster and imagine seeing the final out of 2013 or the countless other memories that occurred on that very field. It was truly an amazing experience.