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:
Next, 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:
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!
Red 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!
Next, 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!
Sunday 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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