As a stereotypical broke college student, I can never afford to buy expensive seats for any major Boston sporting event. This is when it helps that your dad knows people with season tickets.
By far, the most exciting part of catching a game at Fenway Park is the atmosphere. It does not matter where you are sitting (for me it is typically in the right field grandstand) as long as you there starting a “Let’s Go Red Sox” chant or seeing Papi belt one out of the park. However, it certainly helps to have great seats too.
On May 28, 2012, I was able to take my college roommate to a Red Sox game for his birthday. While I knew the tickets my dad got me were good, I did not know how good they would be until we arrived at Fenway.
For the first time ever, I was able to sit closer to home plate rather than in the outfield. What I did not expect was that we would be sitting near the Sox dugout by their on-deck circle!
Seeing Red Sox fan-favorites like David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia warm up before stepping to the plate was something that I knew I would only experience once in a lifetime. My roommate could not believe that I had gotten seats so close to home. (Unfortunately I had to tell him that I would probably never get these seats again)
However, that sobering fact did not deter from our enjoyment of the game. Felix Doubront was on the mound for the Sox against Doug Fister of the Detroit Tigers.
This game, as with almost any Red Sox-Tigers clash, turned into a battle of offenses as Ortiz, Daniel Nava, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia powered the Sox to a 7-4 victory that raised the Sox 2012 record to 24-24.
This game was significant for me primarily because it was for my friend’s birthday and was the best seats I would ever have at a Sox game. In a case like this, the Sox winning was just “icing on top of the cake.”
Ever since that game, I have typically been to one Sox game a year, with the exception of this past season.
I know that my seats will never be that good again, unless I start raking in the dollars after college, so I will have to be content with going to a Sox game and enjoying it from the distant right field stands.