Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Today’s highlights include: Fenway Park, the Green Giant (also known as the ‘Green Monster’ by everyone but Greg), and catching up with old friends.

It was pouring down rain, so this is what our morning looked like. Cribbage!

It was pouring down rain, so this is what our morning looked like. Cribbage!

It was a wet day again all over the Northeast so we decided to push our visit into New York for the next day. Yesterday, we called a couple NGOs and a homeless shelter, but no one returned our messages, so our day was open. We were lazy in the morning and walked around Providence in the afternoon and even had lunch in their five floor mall.

The rain was consistent but lighter today and at about 4pm we had a pivotal decision to make. Go home and twiddle our thumbs and relax, or make a dash for the train station and hit up the make-up Red Sox vs Mariners game (that was rained out yesterday). We were tired and had a 5am wake-up time the next morning, but realizing that the more exciting and adventurous thing to do was get our butts in gear and get to that train station! Plus… we can’t leave here without being inside Fenway Park.

We had about 45 minutes to get to the next train but we still had to run home and get our game tickets. After our shuffle, we made it to the station 5 minutes before its departure. Enough time to buy our train tickets and head down to the tracks (the same tracks from the day before). We waited those 5 minutes and were curious why it hadn’t arrived it… then Greg spotted a similar looking train across the tracks… could it be?

“Perhaps we should go up top and look at the boards” – Greg suggested.

We walk to the top, look at the boards and see our train listed on track 5, not 2! As soon as our eyes reached the board, it flickered and changed the status line from ‘On Time’ to ‘ Departed’! AHHHH! I would like to tell you Greg ran down and jumped onto the tracks as to not allow it to pass without his father getting to see Fenway park, but he simply ran and bolted down the stairs and surprisingly, it was still there and yelled to his father ‘Hurry your butt up! It’s still here!’.

We jumped on and couldn’t believe we made it… just in time… to be delayed.  “I’m sorry folks, we’ll be stuck here for a little longer as we wait for the Amtrak trains to clear the tracks,” the conductor announced.

Our panic attack and mad dash had left us a little rustled, all for naught, but at least we will be on way to Fenway Park!

Tonight turned out to be a great decision. We weren’t able to meet up with our Chicago friends yesterday, and tonight we were able to see two great ones. Before the game, we warmed up and dried off in the greeaattteessstttt baseball bar in the world (According to the bar’s banners, and Brandon’s claim) at Cask’n Flagon. We didn’t have much time, but this time was made great by being able to meet up with Greg’s good friend Tori. We caught each other up on our lives as fast as possible, shared some laughs, and gave one last hug before departing… just in time to pick up another one of Greg’s friends from ASU, Kayle! We have a tradition with Kayle and once went to a baseball game in Arizona about 4 years ago and it was a great reunion.

Our seats were great! They were such great seats in fact, we decided not to use them. Fenway park has this wonderful area called the ‘Standing Area’ and we used it the whole time. A beautiful place this ‘Standing Area’ is. We stayed dry, all-the-while having a great angle to watch the game right on the first base line.

Our non-sitting seats.

Our non-sitting seats.

(Side note: We had an extra ticket for Brandon but he was unable to go to the game today… he was a little busy winning a golf championship, no big deal. BUT, he finished early. He called right before the game started to see if we brought his ticket with us… and we had to break his heart because we had replaced him already. Fortunately, he didn’t hold it against us and still let us come home.)

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

Fenway Park from Freeway

Fenway Park from Freeway

The Mariners won, 4-2, but this was no surprise to anyone.

We made it back to Brandon’s in Providence with just enough time to make huge hamburgers, eat them, and allow Greg enough time to kick everyone’s butt in cribbage. (Jerry is forcing me to note that Brandon and Jerry both won a game the day before… happy now?)

Lights out around 1am and back on again in 4 hours for our bus to New York City!

Links:

Cask’n Flagon – http://www.casknflagon.com/

Green Monster in Fenway Park – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Monster