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!


Linking up for Weekending!

11 comments:

  1. AHHHH! This is so cool! I've been anxiously waiting for you to write about your experience. I love all the pictures, I'm so hyped for you!

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  2. This couldn't have happened to a better person! You're excitement is shown through this post! Love going to Fenway! I missed the marathon this year-had to work. Hoping to add it to my contract next year as a day off haha

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  3. OMG that is awesome!! Definitely an experience of a lifetime.

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  4. WOW!

    That is really cool!

    I used to volunteer with the Red Sox Foundation & through them I've been on the field at Fenway Park to volunteer at the Red Sox Wives "Picnic in the Park" fundraiser. I also sold 50/50 raffle tickets at Fenway during games the 1st year they started that.

    Glad you ladies had such a cool experience!

    I was at the 4/19 game with my Dad.

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  5. How cool!!! I am so jealous... Looks like you had so much fun !!

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  6. Wow, what a neat experience! Looks like you had a blast. :)

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  7. That is so awesome that you got to do that! I'm super jealous! What a fun experience!!! :)

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  8. What a great experience! I didn't even know they dropped the flag like that. So cool!

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  9. Isn't Boston the best!? The Fenway area on marathon Monday was insane busy especially with the Sox game too! So glad you were able to make it out there... and what a neat experience!!!!!!

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