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Walking in Boston
by Asher B. Chancey, BaseballEvolution.com
August 26, 2009
And she said --
"Tell me are you a Christian child?"
And I said "Ma'am I am tonight"
Remember that line, from Walking in Memphis, when the singer/narrator got so stirred
up by the gospel music that, when asked if he was Christian, he was totally overcome with emotion and declared that for that night, he was?
That's how I felt in Fenway Park. The whole thing was a beautiful,
transcendent experience. I got goosebumps and teary eyes several
times, including when the big screen showed a tribute to Carlton
Fisk and I realized someone was in the same seat I was sitting in
for Fisk's foulpole homerun, and Ted Williams final homerun, and
Babe Ruth in a Red Sox uniform, and Bucky Dent's homerun, and the
2004 comeback. I never think of pre-color television history in
color, but being there, I could picture so much history in full
color, in the exact same place I was sitting.
The fans were great - those amazing Boston accents just buzzing all
around me. For some reason, the park was full of amazingly hot
young girls, and I happened to be surrounded by guys my age or
slightly older, and by the end of the sixth inning we'd all bonded
over the incredible sexiness of everyone around us. Before the
game, loud euphoric cheers when David Ortiz came out onto the field
to stretch. The National Anthem was sung by a guy who worked for
two years as an usher at Fenway, specializing in escorting disabled
and elderly people to, from, and around the stadium. He gets up to
sing, and he just KILLED it. Every note spectacular. When he
finished, the crowd went nuts. I've never been so excited, or seen
a crowd so excited, for a national anthem.
Jacoby Ellsbury set the Red Sox single season mark with his 55th
stolen base. Generally, I'll tell you Ellsbury is overrated. On
this night, he was the MAN!
I bought a scalped ticket - 40 dollars for a 24 dollar ticket for
deep outfield behind bullpen - and I went in the moment the gates
opened. I walked around the stadium for about an hour, and then sat
down at a seat on the third base side, from row of the second box up
from the field, determined to sit there until someone made me move -
AND NO ONE EVER DID. In a sellout crowd of over 38,000 fans,
I happened to sit in the seat of someone who never showed up. I was
as close to the field as I would be at spring training or in the
minor leagues - I could hear guys talking to each other on the
The stadium is great. The new seats on top of the monster are
amazing. You are right on top of the field from any angle
you choose to sit at. All of the angles and nooks and crannies are
just so incredible. As great as the field is, the walkways and
concession areas feel like a DUMPY minor league stadium. Just an
unreal feeling - we're playing MAJOR LEAGUE baseball here.
After Varitek hit a double, down by one, Terry Francona brought in
Nick Green to pinch run and at the same time pinch hit Victor
Martinez for Alex Gonzalez. Martinez' first pitch was a run scoring
single, and I thought "Francona IS a genius." When Jason Bay hit
the go ahead solo shot after striking out looking his first two
times up, I cheered loudly and high-fived all around me. I hate
By the time they played Sweet Caroline at the middle of the 8th
inning, I had goosebumps and I was singing my heart out. And I kind
of hate that song.
My favorite baseball game of all time was the Cubs game on Andre
Dawson day in 2001 when Kelly and Eric and Andrew and I drove up
from New Orleans, and Dawson sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame and
Sosa hit a homerun that we never saw land and the crowd turned into
Carnival in Rio, and the game went 14 innings and Jon Lieber was a
pinch hitter at one point and Kelly and I narrowed missed a foul
That was my favorite of all time. But this one was a VERY close
People kept asking me if I was a Red Sox fan. And I kept saying,
Man, I am tonight.
Questions? Concerns? Comments? Asher lives in Philadelphia, PA, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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