The summer heat was bearing down on Fenway in early July as the rival Yankees came to town. On Friday, fans gazed skyward as the US Navy’s Leap Frogs parachuted onto the field. Saturday, Destinations fans awoke early to enjoy the VIP experience, Green Monster access and a breakfast buffet. Red Sox reliever Scott Atchison was kind enough to hang out with our fans and sign autographs, take photos and answer some questions. THANK YOU to Scott Atchison and Red Sox Nation’s finest for making our events a success!
The double header resulted in a long day of baseball, and an even longer one for Red Sox starting pitching. Beckett gave up 8 hits in 5 innings of work on Friday and Franklin Morales lasted only 3 ½ in the Saturday matinee game. We are finding it a difficult task to pitch to the Bombers who at the time had an MLB best record of 51-31 and best run total of 130. The bright spot for the Old Town Team came shortly before the “Pedro…Pedro” chants were heard in the 7th inning of the Saturday night game. It’s not the 2004 version, but Pedro Ciriaco, fresh from Pawtucket who had the best game of his short MLB career going 4-5 with 5 RBIs and some stellar work at short stop. The Red Sox have some catching up to do and will hopefully cut some distance this weekend as we travel to Yankee Stadium for a 3 game set on the Rivalry Road Trip!
Some people mention Seattle and think of the rain, Pike Place Market and Starbucks coffee, but we think of beautiful SafeCo Field and the fearful pitching of the Seattle Mariners. Red Sox Destinations fans got to experience some great baseball in Seattle, with 2 out of 4 games going into extra innings. Ok, so we split the series, but it was some exciting baseball nonetheless. King Felix proved too much for the Sox lineup on Thursday and fanned 13 in the Mariners 1-0 victory. Red Sox fans witnessed Aaron Cook throw an 81-pitch complete game 2-hitter on Friday! The Sox dropped the ball (literally) on Saturday with a play at the plate where Salty couldn’t hang on to the ball in the eleventh. And then in Sunday’s win, Pedey homered for the tying run and we’re (fairly) sure it was the motivation he got from meeting those dedicated Red Sox fans on the road! Dustin signed autographs, took photos and answered some questions from some of Red Sox Nation’s best. In addition to the luncheon, fans enjoyed a VIP tour of SafeCo field, exclusive game tickets behind the Red Sox dugout for 2 games and accommodations at the Seattle Courtyard/Pioneer Square, right in the heart of the Emerald City.
Check out some photos below from a great weekend of baseball in the Pacific Northwest!
The Braves are certainly familiar with Fenway Park. Well, maybe not these players, but the organization is at least (and Chipper). The Atlanta Braves (formerly Boston Braves, Boston Beaneaters, Boston Red Stockings, etc) played in Boston from 1871-1952. The Braves actually played the 1914 World Series at Fenway Park as the home team (The South End Grounds were too small). Red Sox Destinations fans came to Fenway in June of 2012 to see a great, historic interleague match up and hopefully see the original home team get some much needed wins. Red Sox fans got great access to Fenway with the VIP tour, Pavilion seats and pre-game batting practice access. Lowest ERA on the team Felix Doubront visited Destinations fans in the EMC club and signed autographs, took photos and answered questions from fans. The weather held up just enough for us to get all the games in and create a fantastic weekend for all of our guests.
See below for some great pictures from the most played interleague match up in the history of baseball!