Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WILW: Another Amazing Fenway Park Experience

I'm back for another edition of What I'm Loving Wednesday with Rachel! I'm also back with another post about Fenway Park (two in one week). If you missed my post about my experience at Fenway on Marathon Monday go here and read that first. Never in a million years did I imagine I'd be back to share about ANOTHER incredible experience at Fenway so soon. Let's just say we were in the right place at the right time last night!

Emily and I have been going to Red Sox games together for YEARS (I've honestly lost count on how many). We always buy a Sox Pack and go to 4 games. Well it is the end of an era. For the first time Emily and I don't have a Sox Pack because she is moving to DC next month after her wedding. To say I am sad about this would be an understatement. We won't even go there right now because I want to focus on the amazingness of this night and not the sadness of her leaving! Anyway this was our last hooray so to say and let me tell you we ended it on a high note. A very high note!

The above photo was taken during a passing shower. They actually delayed the start of the game so we went back inside the park to stay dry until the game started. Fortunately it cleared up and ended up being a nice (but cold night). I swear I only ever go to Red Sox games when it is cold and/or raining!

Emily didn't tell me that she was putting her beer behind my back so I look like the lush but don't worry she had a drink too! Lol! Emily's dad just so happen to be in town from NY for the night so he came to the game with us too! We all joked the the "rain delay" was really a "please spend more money on food and drink delay!" The Red Sox organization is smart b/c it worked on me and I got a fried dough while we waited!!!

So around the 6th inning when the Red Sox were trailing by 1 run Emily got a text from her uncle who was at the game. He works for the radio station WEEI and he happen to be there entertaining one of their affiliates. He asked her if we wanted a tour of the WEEI suite?! We didn't really have to think about that one! So off we went to get the VIP experience!

On our way we had to stop off in the new area for kids and get our photo taken with the Wally bobble head. I don't think her father told us when to be ready for this pic which is why we both look kind of strange. Had to share anyway!

Then this happened! We were in the WEEI suite with Joe Castiglione (see photo below) and Lou Merloni who was filling in for the night! We were standing right behind them! Oh and check out this view!!!!

Oh no big deal. Just hanging in the WEEI booth at Fenway Park listening to the game! Oh and then I put on another pair of headphones and the staff person, Doug, could let you hear different things from around the park - like just the cheering fans (I could hear "Let's Go Red Sox. . .) then the crack of the bat and then the ball hitting the catcher's mitt. It was really cool.

We then left the suite and went down to the State Street Level to go into their "viewing suite" where the WEEI staff were watching the game. It was so nice and I've now decided that bleacher seats (were I pretty much always sit) will no longer do! LOL!!!!! On our way there we saw the new roof top garden. Fenway has gone green and are growing their own veggies! So cool!

We watched the rest of the game from there and it was an awesome view plus they had overhead heaters which is great on a cold night! The game got tied up in the 7th and in the 8th the Red Sox left Pedroia and Ortiz stranded. We were pretty bummed. But then I told Emily that the perfect ending for her last game (for a while at least) would be for the Red Sox to win with a walk off. They are known for doing this often. . . well guess what?! It happened! There were a few hits and players on 1st and 2nd and then they both stole!!! As you can see the team was pretty excited to win and ran out onto the field to celebrate. Such a great way to end the night!

I'm feeling pretty lucky to have had two awesome Fenway Park experiences so close together! Oh and there were giving out Fenway Park replicas last night so I got that too (first time I've ever gotten a freebie at a game)!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Bean Team Gets Mucky At MuckFest MS 2015

This weekend was MuckFest MS Boston. The opening weekend for MuckFest. The Bean Team participated on Saturday and fortunately the weather was much better than last year! We had 6 muckers and 2 cheerleaders (Michelle and I). Unfortunately t-shirts didn't work out in time so the new members just worn bright colors so that we'd be able to find them and it worked out well!

It is always fun to see the "before" and "after" photos. As usual they were wetter than then were muddy but the last two obstacles required crawling through mud which makes for good after photos!

 There were a few new "decorations" this year including this giant duck! It made for great photo opps!

 Boston Is Mucking Awesome and so is this jumping photo! I love a good jumping photo!

Michelle and I starting walking to find a water obstacle. They changed the course this year and unlike the past 2 years there were no water obstacles near the finish. Luckily we got a ride in a golf cart after walking the wrong way. We got there with a few minutes to spare. Our teammates were surprised to see us and had to ham it up for a photo!

The water was 6 feet deep and cold! Katelyn stood on that platform for. . . well. . . a while! Lol! She finally had to jump when another team came behind her! I can't say that I blame her. I don't do cold water!

Crash Landing was a new obstacle this year along with one or two others. It was SO fun to watch and I really wanted to try it! Some of the Bean Team muckers had great form!

As mentioned the last two obstacles were muddy ones! Crawling on your back and then front. So if you weren't dirty by then you finished dirty!

These two girls didn't quite get that The Bean Team was trying to cross the finish line together! Haha! No problem! We like new friends!

The golden duck was another new addition and we heard that someone got engaged there later in the day! Dream proposal? I don't know. . . hopefully she was happy and surprised!

There was a sign by the shower that say "Premium Showers" which made me laugh considering how cold the water was. I wonder what the non-premium showers would be like!

While they showered and changed I relaxed in the sun! Ha! Oh and there is an organization there that collects the participants old/dirty sneakers if they want to donate them (which most of my team did). I think it is so great! I guess they clean the sneakers and donate them to people in need (sorry I can't remember the name of the organization).

We then went straight to the beer tent for our free beer. Thanks to Traveler for donating the beer. I enjoyed the Lemon Shandy and need to try the Grapefruit soon!

Oh and just in case you didn't know MuckFest MS is very cool b/c it was on The Bachelor this past season! Remember when Chris and the girls did it and Jillian kicked butt!?!

The whole team! Muckers and photographers/cheerleaders! We all had a great time. We went to lunch at a local restaurant after b/c they were all still so cold they wanted to go inside to warm up! We had a delicious lunch and some hilarious conversation (due to the age range of people in their 40s down to our youngest members who are freshman in college)!

If you have the chance to participate in MuckFest MS you should. It is going to 10 other cities this spring/summer (Boston was the first of the season). It is a very well organized event and everyone looks like they have a blast! Oh and we raised over $600,000 for MS!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Experience Of A Lifetime at Fenway Park

I didn't even know what to title this post. . . BEST DAY EVA? Or maybe Behind The Scenes At Fenway Park's Flag Ceremony? Or just Red Sox game on Marathon Monday. . . decisions, decisions!

So this is what happened. . . on Opening Day Janelle posted a photo from the Green Monster of Fenway. I commented on her photo about how lucky she was to be at Opening Day and she told me she was a volunteer on the "flag crew" (the group that drops the HUGE American flag down the Green Monster) and I told her to keep me in mind for next year. I was thinking that would go on my bucket list b/c when would I EVER get an opportunity to do something like that?! Well Janelle got me on "the list" to do it on Marathon Monday! I know!!! They drop the flag at several games a year and a week after Opening Day when I originally asked I was getting the opportunity to be a part of it. It was such a cool experience!

The night before we had to be at Fenway when the game was ending. We waited outside for a while then went in and walked on the field! Yes on the actual field. We had to fold the flag to prepare it for dropping it the following day.

I'm standing on the warning track. Had to document it since standing on the field doesn't happen everyday (well not in my life anyway).

Once we spread the flag out we folded it up in a certain way so that it would fall properly for the game/ceremony. We then attached it to some ropes and the volunteers up on the Green Monster pulled it up (that is the flag wrapped in a green tarp).

This is my "I'm standing on the field in Fenway" selfie! I couldn't make too much of a crazy/excited face b/c I was trying to sneak the photo while also helping to fold the flag. Lol!

After we were done I of course had to get photos of not only standing in front of the Green Monster but also touching it! Again it isn't everyday normal people get to do this!

I went home with instructions to be back the next morning at 8:15 AM even though the game wasn't until 11 AM. Marathon Monday is a BUSY day in Boston and if you don't get to your destination early you might as well forget it! 

On my way into Kenmore Square I saw a lot of police. More than I've ever seen in one place at one time. While it is reassuring to know we have so many men and women who give their lives to protect us it is quite sad that we even need them at an event like a marathon. Two terrible people changed that for Boston and the world forever. We didn't let us stop us! There were already people sitting at the "One Mile To Go" marker in Kenmore Square. That is dedication! It was COLD!

After waiting outside of Fenway for an hour we finally got let into the park. We basically just got to hang out in the grandstands (since it was rainy) until it was time to take our spots on the Green Monster. We saw Willy Geist from the Today Show while we were waiting on Yawkey Way and then again inside doing a story. Of course we were so interested to know what was going on and luckily we got to see the story the following day on TV. It was so good. Watch it here (It is toward the end/around 2 minute mark).

The ceremony started and the rain stopped for a brief recess which was perfect! It was cold but we didn't care b/c it was so much fun to be up in the Green Monster seats! The "Patriots" (it was Patriot's Day in MA for you out of state readers) and then our service men and women. . .

And then we dropped the flag! It is so big and beautiful! I couldn't take photos when we were actually doing it (obviously) but fortunately the Red Sox did and I took this one off of their twitter page! I can prove we were there too! In the photo below you will see us at the bottom on the arrow (Zach on left in red, me in middle in navy and Janelle on right in hot pink). If I ever do this again I'm wearing neon yellow so y'all can REALLY see me! Haha!

After that was over we moved inside to one of the areas with a TV and bar (two essentials when it is raining). It started pouring actually. It was also where the social media wall is so Janelle and I made sure to get on it a few times! We stayed for a while then left right before they called a rain delay and put the tarp on the field. On our way out we saw Peter Gammons (photo below) doing an interview.

We caught some of the Marathon too! More about that to come in a later post!

The day was incredible! I had SO much fun and it was something I never imagined I would get a chance to be a part of. . . I didnt' even know volunteers got to drop the flag. So for this Red Sox fan it was a great day despite the rain! Thanks Janelle for making it happen!

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