In baseball, timing is everything. Timing like getting that key hit with runners’ in scoring position or waiting to hit that clutch home run until the bottom of the 9th. Timing (and luck) were on our side as a red hot Cody Ross was able to make an appearance at the Red Sox Destinations luncheon on July 21st. Cody was fresh off a 2 home run game on 7/18 followed by a walk-off bomb into the Monster seats the next day. Ross took pictures, signed autographs and described what it was like getting mobbed at home plate after a dramatic game winning homer. “It felt like a bunch of piranhas jumped on me and started attacking me,” said Ross in the post-game interview and to our fans in the EMC Club. In addition to the luncheon and great tickets in PR18, our fans got an excellent VIP tour that included the Nations Archive, Green Monster, rare access to the NESN booth and more. The Blue Jays proved too much in the mid-July series, but Red Sox fans enjoyed some great baseball at Fenway nonetheless!
See below for pictures from an excellent weekend of baseball in Bean Town!
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!
Take a look below at some photos from an awesome rivalry weekend at Fenway!
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!
In a rematch of the 1918 World Series and the least played matchup in the history of baseball, the Red Sox headed to the corner of Clark and Addison for a few interleague games. That address, none other than the “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field; the scene, over 270 Red Sox Destinations fans pour into Chicago for the highly anticipated matchup of the Red Sox and Cubs. Arguably the most unique and definitely the largest trip to date, fans had 2 options to choose from. Option A included a VIP tour of Wrigley, a luncheon with a current player (Salty came by and provided some great commentary), gift bags per person and a great time on a roof top for Friday’s day game! Beyond the Ivy provided an amazing view and great amenities at their locations just beyond the left field bleachers. Our Option B folks enjoyed a great tour of the park, tickets to Friday’s game, gift bags and roof top access for Saturday’s rare night game. They were joined by none other than Rico Petrocelli and Luis Tiant! Our Red Sox Legends arrived a few hours before game time and signed autographs for everyone up there. From touching the famous ivy, to the great roof top views, to meeting Salty or Rico and Luis, Destinations fans were treated to an unforgettable experience. Not to mention, accommodations at the Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile were perfect for seeing everything the White City has to offer.
Next up, the Braves come to town. Until then, check out some pictures from the Windy City below.
Emotions were high and the nostalgia was prevalent during the pre-game ceremonies on April 20th, 2012. Like a scene from Field of Dreams (without the corn stalks and Costner), over 200 Red Sox Legends walked out of the center field wall one at a time. Names like Martinez, Pesky, Fisk and Garciaparra appeared to seemingly endless cheers from the crowd. The ceremony concluded with a World Record Breaking Toast to Fenway (Welch’s juice provided) and a flyover by an F-16 and a WWII-era P-51 Mustang. Red Sox Destinations fans came from 25 states and 4 countries for Fenway’s 100th Anniversary Weekend and had an absolute blast. In addition to all the events in the package (great tickets, hotel, VIP Tour of Fenway and pictures with the World Series trophies and rings), we had a pre-game reception featuring starting shortstop Mike Aviles! See below for Mike’s Tweet about our fans following the reception and more pictures from Fenway’s Birthday Weekend!
Mike Aviles @Themikeaviles
“Just did some pics and autographs for red sox destinations…I had a blast being around great fans #RedSoxDestinations”
Red Sox Nation descended upon Boston for the 2012 Home Opener at Fenway Park. Yes, it was Friday the 13th and no, there were no whispers of bad luck as the Sox showed promise and gave the Fenway Faithful a 12-2 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays. Red Sox Destinations fans were treated on Saturday to a VIP tour of Fenway, tickets to 2 games, hotel accommodations, Sox gift bags and a pre-game luncheon with Jarrod Saltalamacchia! The luncheon included a buffet, an autograph session, photo op and Q & A with Salty. His homer to center in Game 2 of the series was in their honor (well, we’d like to think so at least).
A flyover from F-16s, the American Flag drop over the Green Monster and clear April skies augmented a historic Opening Day as the Red Sox are celebrating 100 years of “Boston’s Summer Home”! One fan got the package for her son’s birthday and wrote, “It was by far the best trip ever. Each time we thought it couldn’t get any better, like walking into the green monster, they came up with something even more amazing. He loved waking into Don & Jerry’s booth and having his picture taken with a player, and the World Series rings! It was honestly an unforgettable weekend, and my son is still thanking me for the best birthday ever.”
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