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My Road Trip To Boston For The World Series

October 26, 2018 - 7:24 pm
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By Alex Woodward

 

After this trip some of my friends have already questioned my allegiance to the Orioles. Don't worry, I will be an Orioles fan until the day I die. Hell, I've made it this far as a Redskins fan so why would I jump ship from the Orioles? With all that said I am also a baseball fan to the core and when someone offers you a free ticket to the World Series, you can't say no. When someone offers you a free ticket to one of the most legendary ballparks in MLB history, YOU HAVE TO GO. So that's what I did. I took Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday off from producing the Scott & Jeremy Show to head to Boston for a once in a lifetime experience and boy it didn't disappoint. 

First of all, you must be asking yourself, "how did he get a free ticket to the World Series?". Yes, I work in sports radio but that doesn't mean my job paid for me to go to the fall classic and broadcasting is tied into how I ended up going. Back in April, I took my first ever trip to Boston with my brother after a friend offered me two tickets to see the Red Sox-Yankees. We packed up and drove to Fenway on a trip that lasted all but 36 hours but it was worth it to see a historic ballpark and one of the games best rivalries. After that trip, I got a text from an old friend saying, "what the hell?! You go to my old stomping grounds and don't tell me about it?! Next time I go to Fenway, I'm bringing you with me." That text was from my former instructor at the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland, John Perry. 

John Perry

Since graduating from BIM, John and I have met up to go to Orioles games on a regular basis for the past 5 years. He is one of the reasons I am employed at 1057 The Fan. He taught me how to do sports updates, how to host a show, and how to carry myself in a professional manner among other things. He also helped me get in the door at 1057 as an intern back in 2013. We are both huge baseball fans and getting together, drinking some beers and heading to the ballpark has always been a part of our friendship. So when the Red Sox were poised to win the AL East back in August, John called me up and said, "if they make it to the World Series, do you want to come with? I'll buy the tickets, you pay for your plane ticket and the beers." That is a deal no one in their right mind would refuse. John has been checking off his bucket list the past few years after his retirement by traveling to all 30 major league ballparks. Once that was done, there was only one thing left on the list...go back to his hometown to see his favorite team play in the World Series. I was honored to be invited. 

So we woke up at 430am on Tuesday morning to fly out to Boston. We landed at around 8am and within the first hour of our trip we had already run into a well known baseball reporter, Peter Gammons. Our interaction was brief and we didn't ask for a picture but immediately I could tell that this trip would be like no other trip to the ballpark.

First on the to-do list was to walk around Fenway during the day to take in the World Series atmosphere. There were tv cameramen everywhere on Jersey Street and Lansdowne Street getting b-roll and interviews with fans. After buying some World Series gear (I chose something with no team logos on it) and John making a fool of himself on an LA newscast, we hit the bars. Since we couldn't check into our hotel until 3pm, what else were we going to do?

First up was the Cask 'n' Flagon which is located right behind the Green Monster. We got there at around 11:45am and we found a seat at the bar. Little did we know, that was the last time we would be able to find a good seat at a bar the rest of the trip. We sat there for about 4 hours, drinking beers and talking to Red Sox fans. In our encounters with Boston fans, we met two guys who had been waiting in line since 730pm on Monday night for a chance to get standing room only tickets to Game 1. 

Their names are Paul and James and they are the epidome of Boston bros. They are die-hard Red Sox fans from Leominster, Massachussetts and probably the coolest fans we met while we were in Boston. They took turns sleeping in a car while waiting for their tickets and they were slamming down drinks faster than we were and they were running on like 2 hours of sleep! We sat there and drank with them for about 2 hours before they had to leave and they sent John a photo of their standing room only seats during Game 1 so we had proof that they were sober enough to make it to the game. 

Those were only two of the many characters we met in Boston. Besides the atmosphere of being at a legendary ballpark during the World Series, one of my favorite things to do while there was talk to Red Sox fans. Mostly, I was trying to trigger them by asking them their opinion of Manny Machado but of course that always led to trash talking my hapless Orioles. It was all in good fun and the fans up there were actually much more receptive to an Orioles fan invading the World Series than I expected. 

The interaction with the fans hit it's peak for me when we were standing behind the Fox Sports set where Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Frank Thomas and Kevin Burkhardt were sitting for Game 2. I joined in on the "Papi" chants for David Ortiz with the crowd but the best chant was when we started the "steroids" chant for A-Rod. I don't know if you could hear it on TV but when A-Rod turned around after the 3rd time chanting it; that was enough acknowledgement I would ever need. 

Game 1, we spent the night at the Cask 'n' Flagon and the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street. Game 2 we were inside Fenway Park in section 22. I have to give credit to John, these seats were incredible. I would have never imagined having this great of a view at a World Series in my lifetime.

 

The seats were great. The home team won. The beer was cold and so was the air. The Red Sox fans harrassed the Dodgers fans sitting right next to me and they took it in stride. It was everything I expected out of a trip to the World Series and more. I'm not even a Red Sox fan but the atmosphere of that ballpark was contagious and by the end of the game I was high fiving Red Sox fans when they scored runs and of course, I had to get the final out on video.

The place was electric: 

It was a trip I will never forget and I am eternally grateful that John invited me for the final check off his bucket list. Red Sox fan or not, you have to appreciate the atmosphere of a World Series at Fenway. Hopefully my next trip to a fall classic will feature the Baltimore Orioles but until then, this trip is at the top of my list of sports experiences. 

 

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