The orange line train sped down the tracks toward the platform. As it approached, it screeched to a halt. Three of my friends and I boarded the train. We had an hour and a half until first pitch at Fenway. At North Station, the four of us switched trains and caught the next green line train with a destination of the station near Fenway Park. People packed into the train, leaving little room to move. One man with a Bruins cap on grew frustrated with the capacity of the train, "Damn Fenway yuppies," he muttered. "This is why people get killed." The man got off the train at the next stop. Okay buddy, have a good day.
The four of us got off the train and followed the Fenway faithful from the T station through the streets near Kenmore Square. We entered Fenway Park on Yawkey Way and found our seats on the left field line near the green monster. The seats were horrible. My vision of the pitcher was impeded by a huge green pole supporting the upper deck of Fenway Park. I bought four of the cheapest tickets I could find because my friends and I intended to move to better seats after a few innings. However, I did not expect Fenway to be a near sellout considering how bad the Red Sox have been.
The game started around 7:10 with the Red Sox playing the Mariners in the first game of a three game weekend series. Joe Kelly took the mound for the Red Sox. I had very low expectations because Joe Kelly is the worst starter in the rotation. Kelly struck out the first batter of the game before giving up a solo home run to Kyle Seager. My friends and I decided this would be a good time to get food. The best hot dogs in the world are sold at Fenway Park, I mean for $5.25, it better be the best hot dog. I also added a water for $4. There is no way to go to Fenway Park without spending at least $20. It's crazy to think people (including myself) would go to a game and spend money on an underperforming team.
We got back to our seats for the bottom of the first inning in time to see David Ortiz hit an RBI double followed by a Rusney Castillo home run. The Sox took a 3-1 lead and the question became when the Sox would again surrender the lead. They didn't. The offense kept producing runs with a Sandoval double, a Travis Shaw home run, and a Brock Holt triple. 9 to 1 Red Sox.
Around the 7th inning, the park began to empty with the Red Sox up big on Seattle. Instead of leaving, we decide to try and get a seat on top of the left field wall. At the top of the stairs, park security tried to stop us from going any farther. They let us go when I asked if we could just walk across toward center field. About halfway across the wall, we found 4 vacant standing seats. From this spot, we got the best view in the Park. In the bottom of the eight, Travis Shaw hit his second home run of the game into right field. We had the best view in the house for that long ball.
Later in the inning, a gentleman on the parking garage behind the green monster emerged with four baseballs, most likely from batting practice. He threw the first ball toward someone on the wall calling for the ball. The second and third balls sailed over the wall and onto the field of play. The fourth ball sailed right at us, before one of my friends caught it. With the Red Sox up big, and security all of the wall, we decided to call it a night and head to the T station.
Upon exiting the park, we saw the gentleman who threw the balls onto the Fenway Park field in hand cuffs. He'll probably get 6 months probation and a clean record providing he does not get arrested in Boston again. From outside the park, we heard "Dirty Water" playing over the Fenway PA system. The Sox took the first game of the series.
The Red Sox are having another bad season again this year, but that should not stop fans from coming to Fenway for a game. Yeah, I know how expensive it is to go to a game, but the Red Sox know people will keep coming back. I did not know John Farrell revealed his diagnosis of cancer prior to the game. This probably explains the 15 run explosion. The players now have something to play for everyday: their fighting manager. This might be the spark this team needs going into 2016 similar to how the Boston Bombing brought the 2013 team together. Keep fighting John, Boston is behind you. Farrell Strong.
By Matt Nadworny @MattNadworny