After a long west coast roadtrip, the Boston Red Sox are back in town….and need to unwind. The Fenway neighborhood was alive again with excitement and a party atmosphere last night when Red Sox pitcher and Boston native Manny Delcarmen threw a bash to raise money for Boston Public Schools at his 3rd annual BOWLIN’ FOR STRIKES fundraiser.
A summertime funky bowling party presented by New England Sporting Goods Giant NEW BALANCE, and sponsored by WAAF (radio), NESN (tv), and JILLIAN’S – Boston brought-out many of the Sox team and their families. In attendance at Jillian’s were: Manny Delcarmen, John Lackey, Daniel Bard, Jeremy Hermida, Bill Hall, Mike Cameron, Clay Buchholz, Daniel Nava, Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett, Jason Varitek, Mike Lowell, Tim Wakefield, Dustin Richardson, Scott Atchison, Adrian Beltre, and Angel Sanchez. (Quite an impressive showing!)
A fun and festive night was had by all who attended, and the money raised will be put to great use in the public schools of Boston. Thanks to all who donated their time, bid generously at the silent auction, bowlers, sponsors and spectators. (Special thanks to Sports Identity for their hard work putting this event together)
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– fenway fruitgirl 2010
OK, So it was a 50 / 50 chance of Rain Delay vs. Game Postponement last night at Fenway Park. The Boston Red Sox were scheduled to play the second part of a double-header that was supposed to start at 7:10 pm. That was NOT going to happen. Good thing I brought my rain gear. No way was I going to sit this one out at home and say “Oh Well….” I can get a little wet for the sake of the game, hell, I can get SOAKED for my Sox !! If they can get dressed and go out there and play a game in the rain and cold, then I will be there to watch them do it.
I never thought I would see the day that the line for Dunkin Donuts coffee was longer than the one for beer at Fenway. It was weird, but then again….so was watching the Boston Bruins hockey game at Fenway on the Super Screen while waiting for our Sox game to start. I was a bit disappointed that Fenway did not air the music video that was made for rain delays by Jonathan Papelbon and Manny DelCarmen called “Blame It On The Rain”.
What I was NOT disappointed about was the performance of my team. Bailey had a great at bat with a 3-run homer that really got things going. Brad Penny was sharp, much better than Friday night’s game vs. the Orioles. We’ve got to cut the guy some slack, he only just pitched his second game at Fenway. He’s not in LA anymore, we are not a bunch of laid-back dudes that surf all day and hang in the Hollywood Hills by night…..we are up-tight, slightly stressed-out and extremely passionate Bostonians (and New Englanders).
Happy 50th Birthday to my friend Terry Francona (4/22), hope you had a good one Tito.
After Pap finished the Twins at 7-3, we officially have a 7-game winning streak going !!
On the way into Fenway, I ran into John Tomase of the Boston Herald and Comcast Sports Tonight – at the time, he thought the game was going to be postponed because the forecast was grim, but I am glad we all lucked-out. I did not want to have to pay another $30 to park again Thursday !! And my drive down is not so short either. Once again, the gods have shined their glorious light down on Fenway Park. (Hope I spelled your name right John)
It was a glorious warm night with no wind, and a great sunset over the beautiful green Oasis of Fenway Park. (Once I finally got there through the horrid slow-moving traffic all the way back to the ramp on 93 !!) It was almost like an early June night, instead of one in mid April. I was ready to watch my Sox battle the Batimore Orioles and begin their journey to get back on track.
The boys started off slow, falling behind early with a 7 to 1 score. The Red Bull must have kicked-in, and they settled-in for a fight that would last all night. Brad Penny was having an “Off” game tonight. It was his first game starting at Fenway Park for the Sox, so it would be wrong to be hard on the man. On came Manny DelCarmen, who was having a good night, then Okie and Pap. We caught up to the Orioles by mid-game and fought to keep that lead….and triumphed in spectacular Papelbon fashion. Boston was working it’s way back up the AL East standings ladder.
Before game start, I went for a walk and decided not to be my usual quiet smiling self, and ask for what I wanted. So I took the elevator, stairs and ramps up as far as I could possibly go in the Fenway “Nest”…..taking photos all the way. I wanted a really good shot of the park (was severely handicapped by my digital camera with NO WIDE ANGLE LENS ) but had fun anyways. I went almost everywhere I wanted in search for my money shot. Some old-timer let me stand on his seat in the Pavillion Club seating to get the right angle. It was a blast, but my feet were killing me and I was dead-thirsty by the time I got way back down to my seat to watch the game.
Enjoy the shots. (By the way, Sox won 10-8)