Opening Day & Eve

Wooooooohooooooooooooo!  FINALLY!!!!!!  OPENING DAY IS HERE.  However, the forecast is for rain, which is scheduled to begin around game time.  Doh!!!!!!!!  Let’s hope it can hold off for 3 or 4 hours.  How disappointing.

However, what wasn’t disappointing was yesterday’s beautiful day that I spent at the olde (really OLD) ball park.  I went to Fenway yesterday for 2 reasons. 

1)  Pick up my uniform:
sox uni.jpgOops.  That’s not my uniform.  I wish.

Loaded 2009-04-05 (Fenway) 047.jpgCheck.  Look for me on TV.  It’s funny though.  Whenever I am watching a game on TV, I am always trying to notice fellow vendor’s working in the stands.  The yellow shirts just stand out so much.

2) Try and meet up with Julia of Julia’s Rants and other bloggers she was trying to get to meet outside Fenway.  Unfortunately, I did not make it in time to meet up.  When I was finally finished picking up my uniform, I called Julia and she and Scott from I’m Not a Headline Guy were on top of the Prudential Building.  Here is a picture of them:

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No, really, they are up there.  I was on the phone with her exactly at that moment, as I was standing behind the Red Sox dugout. 

Since I was at the ballpark, I’d figure I might as well take in the Red Sox workout.  It was a gorgeous day for baseball; warm and not a cloud in the sky.  Since I brought my camera, I figured I might as well take a few (or 20 or 30) pictures.  Here are some of them:

The view from the RF boxes next to the visitor’s bullpen:

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Justin Masterson:

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Dice-K:

Loaded 2009-04-05 (Fenway) 007.jpgJohn Smoltz:

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Jonathan Papelbon:

Loaded 2009-04-05 (Fenway) 012.jpgBig Papi:

Loaded 2009-04-05 (Fenway) 020.jpgDustin Pedroia:

Loaded 2009-04-05 (Fenway) 021.jpgBig Papi & Kevin Youkilis

Loaded 2009-04-05 (Fenway) 032.jpgEvan Longoria: (thanks to Rays Renegade for the ID)

Loaded 2009-04-05 (Fenway) 035.jpgTheo Epstein (well, the back of his head, anyway):

Loaded 2009-04-05 (Fenway) 036.jpgMike Lowell (talking with Longoria (l.) and Pat Burrell (r.) thanks to Rays Renegade again on ID of Rays players)

Loaded 2009-04-05 (Fenway) 040.jpgJason Varitek:

Loaded 2009-04-05 (Fenway) 042.jpgFinally ~ View from the Budweiser section in upper RF:

Loaded 2009-04-05 (Fenway) 043.jpgIt was quite a blast.  It seemed like I had the whole park to myself.  There were a couple of tours going on.  Also, there were some other Red Sox employees who had their children there, but the greatest perk of working at the park is being able to be there without any fans.

EDIT:  I forgot to mention that I noticed the lower (field level) and upper box (red) seats seem to have brand new seats in there.  The actual seat parts have padding.  I sat in one, and it was pretty comfortable.  However, the only problem is that back rest seems to be the same height.  So, now with a cushion there, the
back rest is on the lower part of your back which probably won’t be as comfortable as the game goes on.  I think these new seats are only in the infield box seat sections. It looks like the RF boxes, grandstand (blue seats) and bleachers have the same crummy seats.

I talked to Boston Globe reporter, Tony Masserotti for a few minutes.  Mostly about how much he misses (note sarcasm) being on the Big Show on WEEI sports talk radio. 

As I was leaving, I almost walked right into a Tampa Bay Ray coming out of the Red Sox clubhouse.  I am not sure who it was though.  Maybe B.J. Upton, (did he travel up north with the team while being on the DL?) but I am not sure at all.  He was just wearing some shorts and a T-shirt and not a name tag. 

All and all, it was a great day.  Quite the opposite of what I am looking at through my window as I type this.  I better bring my galoshes with me, as I am on my way to the ball park just after I finish posting this.

Josh Beckett vs James Shield.  Should be a great game!

Go Sox!!!

Photos: 
Red Sox Jersey courtesy of MLB Stores
All others property of Red Sox Ramblings

5 Comments

You were wondering who the Ray was that was talking to Mike Lowell, it is new Ray Pat Burrell, and that is Evan Longoria on the left side of the photo.
I hate that we have to wait another day, but it would be worse if we started to play and someone might get hurt either on the base paths or the outfield on a slick bit of clay or grass.
Safety is more important right now than just playing ball. Thank goodness though there are other games to watch today to get some of the jitters out of our system.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Thanks Renegade, I’ll update my captions

Greg – I think Scott would have gladly gone to meet you on the field so you could have taken our pictures! lol! I think they were private tours – I tried during the week to see if Scott & I could get on a tour, but was told that there weren’t any because of getting ready for opening day!

GO SOX!!! And no rain tomorrow!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Greg -Scott & I would have gladly gone to meet you on the field so you could have taken our pictures! lol! I think they were private tours – I tried during the week to see if Scott & I could get on a tour, but was told that there weren’t any because of getting ready for opening day!

GO SOX!!! And no rain tomorrow!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Greg,
Sounds like a really cool day! I’m going to look for you on TV. And thank you for sharing your pictures with us. I LOVED them!
Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

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