August 2010

Boston August 20th – 22nd

The Destinations crew was in Boston to watch the Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Fans stayed at the centrally located, Boston Marriott Copley Place, and the Fenway-neighboring, Hotel Commonwealth. Friday night’s weather couldn’t have been better for opening the weekend series.  The Blue Jays lead the majors in home runs and displayed their powerful offense on Friday as they blasted hits off all-star lefty, Jon Lester. The Jays posted nine earned runs off Lester during his two inning appearance; the Jays had 20 hits on the night. The Sox lost the game with a disappointing final score of 16-2.

Destinations travelers forgot about the lost and headed to Fenway excited on Saturday afternoon for the day of events. The day kicked off with a VIP tour lead by Red Sox expert, Andrew, who shared his in depth knowledge about the Red Sox franchise and the historic Fenway Park.  Fans went directly onto the field and into the Green Monster; an opportunity that few Red Sox fans ever experience!  Check out a few of the pictures below:

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Boston7 Scoreboard.JPGNext, travelers got a different view from on top of the Green Monster in the recently built Monster Seats.  Fans gained access to the press area as they got to check out the NESN broadcast booth and sit in the press box! Check out a couple of the photos:

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Fans headed next to the EMC Club, the premier restaurant in Fenway Park.  A buffet lunch and drinks awaited fans, who were able to relax in the club area or sit outside in the club seats while enjoying their meals.  The 2004 and 2007 World Series Rings were brought out so fans could try on the rings and take photos!

Boston7 Ring Photo.JPGRed Sox centerfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury stopped by to visit with the Destinations group!  Ellsbury signed autographs for everyone, chatting with travelers as he autographed baseballs, hats, jerseys and even a shoe!

Ellsbury Shoe Signing.JPGEllsbury also posed for pictures with each traveler!

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Boston7 Ellsbury Photo 2.JPGNext, Ellsbury fielded questions from the group. He shared his experiences in the league and gave his insight to playing in Red Sox Nation. He told about his game day rituals, friendship with teammates and his off-season hobbies. Jacoby explained one of his most memorable baseball experiences, stealing home against Yankees’ lefty, Andy Pettite. Ellsbury went on to explain that stealing home is trumped by the feeling of winning the 2007 World Series, an experience that he said is what every baseball player dreams about. After Ellsbury left the group, Destinations travelers were able to rest up before the Saturday night game.

The second two games of the series went quite differently than the first.  Saturday night ended with a walk-off home run by Jed Lowrie! The game was close as both starters gave up four runs; Daisuke pitched eight innings while Jays’ Ricky Romero pitched seven.   Lowrie extended the eleventh inning when he missed an infield pop-up.  The mistake did not result in any Jays runs however when Lowrie stepped up to the plate later that inning, he quickly made up for his miscue by blasting his first career walk-off home run!

Boston7 On Monster.JPGSunday brought rain, as Destinations travelers headed back to Fenway to finish up the weekend series.  The game was delayed twice because of showers, and rain threatened in the area for the remainder of the day.  The game was played however, and Destination fans stuck it out to watch the Sox win the game and take the series. Those fans who stayed through the rain also got to see the rare event of David Ortiz hitting a triple! Ortiz’s hit started up the Sox’ offense. The Red Sox pitching, beginning with Buchholz, was on key as the team shut down the Jays’ hitters. The Red Sox took the series with a 5-0 win on Sunday. 

Destinations travelers were able to witness a great weekend of baseball.  A walk-off win and a shut out provided plenty to cheer about as fans watched from the pavilion seats.  The VIP tour of Fenway, meeting Jacoby Ellsbury and relaxing in Boston topped off the weekend of fun and completed their ultimate Red Sox, Fenway Park experience!

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New York August 6th – 8th

The Destinations team descended upon New York this past weekend as the Sox took on their rival New York Yankees. The Red Sox Destinations travelers were prepared to withstand the ridiculing and patronization from Yankees fans as the group ventured into the Bronx to the newly constructed Yankee Stadium. The crew stayed at the exceptionally comfortable and conveniently located (Mid Manhattan) New York Marriott East Side.

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 The start of the four game series featured Sox’ Buchholtz against Yanks’ Vazquez in a Friday night showdown. Red Sox’ bats provided six runs during the game as David Ortiz and newcomer, Ryan Kalish, both homered. Buchholz had a strong outing as he went 7.1 innings giving up nine hits and three runs. The Red Sox took game one of the series, and Destinations travelers were able to enjoy a quiet ride home on the Subway, as Yankees’ fans swallowed the loss.

The Destinations crew set out Saturday morning for their tour and reception at Yankee Stadium. The weather was excellent and travelers were in good spirits after the prior evening’s victory.  The group was escorted onto the field and into the Yankees’ dugout to soak up the views only seen by major league players.


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 Yankees’ Monument Park, a historic Yankees’ area transplanted from the old Yankee Stadium, was next on the list.  The center field park holds monuments to past players and has the retired Yankees numbers. 

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The group was next led to the Stadium Club where lunch and drinks awaited. The group got the chance to try on the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox’ World Series rings!

Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie joined the group to sign autographs, pose for pictures and field questions from the group!

Lowrie Signing.jpgLowrie joked with group members as they took pictures together.

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 travelers asked Jed about his personal experiences in the league, the Red Sox/ Yankees rivalry, and other specific questions about competing at the major league level. Destinations travelers enjoyed a relaxing reception and got the chance to visit with other Red Sox’ fans and explore the new Yankee Stadium.

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Saturday’s early evening game featured Boston’s John Lackey against New York’s CC Sabathia. The Red Sox jumped out to an early lead but couldn’t stay ahead as the Yankees posted five runs against Lackey over his six innings of work. Sabathia pitched eight strong innings; he held the Sox scoreless after their initial two runs in the second inning. Boston lost the game with a final score 5-2.

Lowrie Photo 2.jpgWith the series tied 1-1, Boston looked to Beckett to take on the Yankees’ Dustin Moseley on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Destinations travelers were hopeful to finish their weekend on a high note but the Yankees jumped out to an early lead in the second inning and held the lead for the game’s entirety.  Moseley allowed the Red Sox just two runs as he went 6.1 innings. The Yankees powered past the Red Sox with 12 hits in total, providing seven runs, enough to win the game and take a 2-1 lead on the series.

dugout 3.jpgUnfortunately, Destinations travelers weren’t around to witness the series tying victory on the fourth game of the series. However, the crew braved the sometimes harsh, Yankees Stadium atmosphere to support the Sox throughout the weekend. The chance to see the much talked about, new Yankee Stadium, along with the opportunities of watching great baseball, meeting a Red Sox player and sharing the experience with other Red Sox fans is something not soon to be forgotten.

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Boston July 30th – August 1st

The Destinations crew was home at Fenway Park for a late July series against the Detroit Tigers. The group was staying at both the Marriott Copley Place, centrally located in Downtown Boston, as well as the Hotel Commonwealth, located right at Fenway! The mid-summer baseball action was an exciting experience for Destinations travelers as many ventured to Fenway for their first time while other travelers were returning after years from their last visit.

Friday night’s game was a late innings thriller as the Red Sox had only scored one run until the ninth inning; they were losing to the Tigers 6-1 headed into their last at bat. Tigers’ pitching had kept the Sox offense quiet until a ninth inning rally nearly brought the hometown team back into the game.  David Ortiz’ grand slam didn’t provide enough offense to tie the score as the Sox fell to the Tigers 6-5.

Saturday was a brighter day as Destinations travelers headed towards the historic Fenway Park for their VIP events! Fenway Park expert tour guides led fans directly onto the warning track and where the group had gained access inside the world famous, and extremely exclusive, Green Monster! Check out a few pictures below.


DSC_0015.JPGNext, the group headed on top of the Green Monster to see a unique view from the hottest seats in baseball! Tour guides led fans into the Red Sox press box. The group got to see behind the scenes spots of Fenway while being hearing the famed history of the park and the Red Sox baseball club.



DSC_0084.JPGThe group then headed to the EMC Club, the premium restaurant at Fenway, where food and drink awaited.  The 2004 and 2007 World Series rings were brought out and fans were able to take pictures wearing them.

rings.JPGRed Sox young reliever, Daniel Bard joined the group to pose for pictures, sign autographs and field questions from the Destinations travelers.  Daniel was eager to meet the Destinations fans and happy to answer questions from the group. Travelers asked Daniel about his experiences in the major leagues, being on the Red Sox and playing in Boston. Check out a few of the pictures below.


DSC_0124.JPGAfter the event, Destinations travelers stuck around Fenway to catch a Saturday night matchup and hoped for a different ending than the night prior.  The Tigers got off to an early lead and stayed ahead for almost the entire game.  More ninth inning heroics by David Ortiz were needed as the DH powered a bases clearing double for a walk-off win!  “Dirty Water” was played throughout Fenway as Sox fans rejoiced and Destinations travelers headed back to their hotels in a great mood!

Destinations travelers were hopeful Sunday that the Sox would pull off a win to take the series. Fans witnessed another close game as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 4-3 with another walk-off hit.  Despite Papelbon blowing a three run lead in the ninth, Sox batters rallied to pull off another late inning victory. Destinations travelers witnessed some great baseball on their weekend visit to Boston.  The historic setting of Fenway Park only added to the on-field success of the hometown team. Destinations were all pleased to have come to Fenway and each traveler had the experience of a lifetime!

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