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My Fenway Park Experience

I’m a big baseball fan!  I started cheering for the Chicago Cubs while my family lived in the Chicago area when I was little.  And I’m a big Philadelphia Phillies fan now!  I moved to the Philly area in 1980, the year the Phillies won the World Series against the Kansas City Royals.  (These past five or six years have been amazing!)  I still have all my baseball cards, which I used to spend hours organizing, studying, and memorizing.  I enjoy watching baseball, especially live!  I’ve been to several major league stadiums and a few minor league stadiums, and I’ve even been to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa.  Like I said, I’m a big baseball fan!

When I was in college, I worked for ServiceMaster for the summer where I traveled to New England every week to inventory all the equipment in various schools.  One week, I had an assignment outside of Boston, so it made sense for me to try to get into Fenway Park to see the Red Sox play the Yankees.  (I don’t even like these teams!)  I couldn’t resist an opportunity to see a game in this “old school” stadium.  You probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the game was sold out.  It was definitely a “stretch” to get into the game. I walked around the stadium a couple of times looking for someone who was selling a ticket.  I just wanted to get into the stadium.  Unfortunately, no one was selling any tickets.  At this point, I was being to resign myself to the fact that I wasn’t going to get into the game.

In Philly, we have cheese steak sandwiches and pretzels.  In Boston, I learned that they have sausage sandwiches.  I purchased a sausage sandwich from a street vendor.  As I enjoyed the sandwich while standing against a telephone pole a few feet away, the sandwich vendor walked over and asked if I was looking for a ticket.  I confirmed that I was indeed looking for a ticket.  He told me that he had one that he would sell to me for next to nothing.  I couldn’t believe it!

I made my way into the stadium and followed signs to my seat.  Unbelievable!  My seat was 12 rows directly behind home plate – at Fenway Park!  I had a perfect view of the field and the dugouts.  Around the third inning, the sandwich vendor and his family came and sat right next to me.  We had a friendly conversation.  During the fifth inning, my new friend bought me a beer.  Can you imagine?

To be honest, I don’t even remember who won the baseball game.  I do know that I will always remember my experience at Fenway Park.

Are you a baseball fan?  Have you ever experienced something unbelievable?  Have you ever had a “Fenway Park” experience?  Please share.


July 20, 2011 - Posted by | experiences, Phillies, sports, thoughts


  1. I share the same feelings about Boston and the Yanks. Just something I grew up with… But, I would love to visit that stadium sometime… GOO PHILS! Who is your favorite player with the Phillies? Jon, this post is a great example of being Stretched..

    Comment by tim | July 20, 2011 | Reply

    • My favorite Philly of all time is Mike Schmidt. My favorite player on this year’s team is probably Chase Utley. I love the way he always goes 110%. How about you? Who is your favorite player?

      Comment by jonstolpe | July 20, 2011 | Reply

  2. Awesome! While I’m not a Bosox or Yanks fan, I love some ATL Braves baseball. I grew up in southern CA (like a block from the old Angels stadium), but I lived in ATL for a year when I was an infant. Must have been during that time that I got switched over….;) Even after moving back to CA and living around Angels and Dodgers fans, I was always loyal to the Braves.

    A cool experience: my daughter and I (about 2 months ago) got selected to do one of those on-screen trivia questions at a Braves game. We got it right, got a gift certificate, and behind home plate seats. It was great! 🙂

    Comment by Dustin | July 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Wow! That sounds like a neat experience. I guess I’ll have to look past the Braves thing as we continue our on-line friendship. 🙂

      Comment by jonstolpe | July 20, 2011 | Reply

  3. Wow, Jon! That’s amazing. What a really cool experience!

    I’m not a fan of either team (go Rangers!) but I would have taken that experience in a second!

    I kept thinking you were going to say the ticket was bad or something, but truth is the vendor was a nice guy with an extra ticket!

    Praise God for cool experiences and cool people!

    Comment by Alex Humphrey | July 21, 2011 | Reply

    • Alex, I think my dad has become a Rangers fan since they moved down to Dallas eleven years ago. I guess there could be worse teams to cheer for. I like Nolan Ryan. And I’m intrigued by the Josh Hamilton story.

      Comment by jonstolpe | July 24, 2011 | Reply

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