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Dec 08 2007

Winter / Christmas At Fenway Park – Amazing!

What else could a Red Sox fanatic want more than to spend “Christmas at Fenway Park“; well I got that chance today. It was held in the EMC Club and the State Street Pavilion on the 3rd and 4th floors behind home plate. Today’s event was presented by Stop and Shop and went really well except for the fact that they spread out ticket sales throughout the day based on the time you get there. There were people waiting in line since 6am or 7am, I got there at around 8:15am and was 300th in line and I didn’t get out of Fenway until 1:30pm. I was able to purchase tickets to a half a dozen games (I wanted to get more, but the bank didn’t transfer my money at the time). I got some blue jays, devil rays, diamondbacks and rangers tickets. I also got another game in April…April 12…Red Sox vs. Yankees…Amazing!!! Granted it is bleacher seats for all of them, but it is better than not going to the games at all. I hope I have a chance to go next year because I would make sure that I had money in my account so I could have purchased the maximum of 48 tickets. That would be an amazing Christmas present to friends, plus I would get to go.

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Larry Lucchino (Red Sox president/CEO) said “It is a great tradition, isn’t it?” Lucchino said. “Christmastime at Fenway, it’s great. There’s a nice spirit today. [There are] people singing Christmas carols, buying tickets, talking to Francona, buying tickets, listening to radio interviews, buying tickets. It’s a great day,” he said with a smile.

When you walked into the State Street Pavilion, there was a mix bag for $5 which had a signed ball by Lugo, a hat, bracelets and bag tag of the Sox. You keep walking and over by the third base entrance, there was a wall of photos of past players legends of the game and the Red Sox.

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Joe Cronin, Player and Manager from 1935-1945 (1947) wore number 4 which was retired May 29, 1984. Ted Williams AKA The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper. He is a baseball hero not only on the field but off the field in World War II. He was the last MLB player to hit over a .400 average over a season in 1941. In the last day of the season, Williams had a .3995 which rounded to .400 and he could have not played to keep the record, but he played the double header anyway. Manager Joe Cronin (Above) left the decision to play up to him since he was confident in his decision. Joe was right because he got 6 hits in 8 at bats, raising his season average to .406. Williams also hit .400 in 1952 and .407 in 1953, both partial seasons; nobody has hit over .400 in a season since Williams.

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Carlton Fisk, 27, is better known for his Game 6 1975 World series at Fenway Park. His home run that won the game forcing a game 7 was his defining game as he waved the home run fair as he was in the air will live in Red Sox history as one of the greatest moments in baseball. Jackie Robinson was an inspiration to many for how he changed the game in a tough time in our countries history. He was not the first African American professional baseball player in United States history, his Major League debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers ended approximately eighty years of baseball segregation. His number has been retired by Major League baseball in 1997. At the time Red Sox player Mo Vaughn was wearing the number and they introduced the “Grandfather rule” stating that any active player can continue wearing the number for their career. Mariano Rivera, closer for the New York Yankees is the only and last person to ever wear number 42.

Here are some of the pictures I took while I was at Fenway today, the full set of photos is located on my Flickr account.

Home Plate during Winter

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The current state of the bleacher seats

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Pesky’s pole, the right field corner, the John Hancock and the Pru(dential Center)

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Oh Fenway Park, How I adore thee so in Winter

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