Tuesday, April 12, 2005

My First Big League Opening Day

I set foot in Fenway Park for the first time 23 years ago today. I moved to Boston in February of 1982, and I took advantage of my first chance to see a game there -- Opening Day.

I remember it well. I was way up in the cheap seats (and they were cheap back then) in Section 4. I'd always wanted to see Yaz play. He got a hold of one, and I knew as soon as it left the bat it was a round tripper. Although it landed way in front of me, it was on a line right towards me. He wrapped it around Pesky's Pole.

The Red Sox played the White Sox. It was 3-2 Pale Hose in the bottom of the 9th, and the Red Sox had the tying run on 3rd base. Alas and alack, they failed to push the run home and lost. Still, it was a good game, and an experience I'll never forget.

Here are a couple of shots from the last time (or more appropriately, the most recent time) I was in Fenway Park - August 24, 2003. One is the view from from the seat, and one is me sitting in the seat.

©2005 Douglas T. Dinsmoor


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