By Colby Klein, CIP Berkshire Residential Staff
CIP Berkshire students were excited to attend a Boston Red Sox home game a week before the 100th anniversary of Fenway park.
Rachel M.’s parents, Martha and Don, had caught wind of the trip and surprised students by inviting them to a pre-game picnic at their home in Winchester. The group was eager to meet Rachel’s family, and appreciative of the generous invitation.
Students talked up Red Sox history on the way to Rachel’s house, and were met with a warm welcoming upon arrival. We lucked out with nearly perfect weather and the Martin’s offered us our choice of delicious food including burgers, chicken, salad, drinks and chips. Rachel’s dogs quickly grabbed the attention of students, along with the hosts, and Don sat with us and talked Red Sox games and the importance of the 100th anniversary.
Everyone really enjoyed the food and company of the Martin’s, and after Rachel made us all cookies we left for Alewife station. Student Andy C. was instrumental to our understanding of the entire navigation process of the subway system, from purchasing Charlie cards to our arrival at Fenway Park.
Once outside the ballpark we met up with Kyle P.’s younger sister Cassandra, who living nearby, wanted to seize the opportunity to spend a few moments with her brother and meet his friends. We all stuck together and found our seats, before students took off to enjoy Fenway’s a menities such as their famous Fenway Franks and centennial memorabilia.
Initially,we were disappointed that Tampa Bay had 4 runs on the Sox in the first Inning, but we couldn’t have anticipated what was to become of this ballgame. Shorty thereafter, Jackie P.’s uncle surprised her with various Red Sox gear, making a point to help Jackie’s first visit to Fenway be an unforgettable experience. It in fact was a memorable experience for many, as some of the student’s had never been to Fenway Park.
The excitement quickly escalated when the Red Sox made a turn around, evening up the score with the Rays. This brought a thrill to an uneasy crowd, and soon the oldest stadium in history lifted our spirits up and off the bleachers when the Sox started slugging homeruns out of the park.
We were lucky enough to see the Red Sox play their best game of the season to date, winning 13 to 5. The crowds were heavy leaving the park, but our hearts were light, and we had a safe trip back to the train station. It was a big day for us, and the students were exhausted on the ride back, but we all had peace of mind knowing the home team had taken a victory.