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4 of us decided to buy tickets on Friday night for the Red Sox game. Plenty of tickets available for the game. This is one of the first times in recent years that tickets were not an issue.

We left Hartford around 10 am yesterday morning. Got into Boston quickly as were after the beach traffic. We parked near Fanueil Hall in the garage for the morning. Walked around there and near the Aquarium (to be near the water) for a few hours - basically we barhopped around here (Purple Rose, Cheers, etc) Given that the Celtics were playing at 8 so the end of the 2 games was going to happen very close to each other, we decided not to park in this area. We also did not want to take the T after the game due to the # of people that could be on it and we wanted to get out quick. After Sox games, its usually a long line to get on.

We got over to Fenway and the lot I usually park in has been turned into a construction site. These were the 2 lots between Pizzeria Uno and the Citgo Sign. Ive parked here for years as its easy access. Found a different lot and parked ($35 to park). These are the lots adjacent to Boston Beer Works so we started at the Beer Works. I really enjoy the atmosphere and the food / drink here. Typical Boston Prices. Tried a few of their beers: Bluebeery Ale, Watermelon Ale, Talltale Lager and the Back Bay IPA. ALl of them are really good. Had a burger to along with them. It started to get really busy around 4 so we left here and went to the Cask n Flagon for a couple of rounds. Another great bar for before the game. Headed to the Bleacher Bar but it was too full to get into. Circled around Fenway and waited for Yawkey Way to re-open. They open it 2 hrs before the game starts. I really like how they do this. Once it opened, we went to the Team Store and I bought a Fathers Day present for my dad and a gift for my brother's week old daughter.

Into the Park, we went. Our seats were in the Infield Grandstands behind the 3B dugout so really good seats. That being said, I had a pole directly next to me. Took away more legroom than vision but you have to be aware of them... What a gorgeous night for a ballgame. Turned out to be 1 of the best games that I have ever seen with great play from both teams. Sox were losing 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th when Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a 2 Run PH Home Run to win the game. Stadium went ballistic. what a game!!!

My only complaints were the # of people exiting and entering the rows during the gameplay. Wait until after the inning ends before leaving. A lot of people also left before the game even ended (why bother going?). Don't get me going on beach balls and the idiotic Wave. What happened to just watching the game or even caring about what is going on?

Concession prices at Fenway are even with the other stadiums that I have been to. $8.50 for imported beer isn't awful at a ballgame. Its just the ticket prices that are outrageous but there are plenty of tickets available.

The game ended concurrently to the Celtics winning and advancing in the NBA play-offs. Fenway was quite loud and very enjoyable when it ended. We got back to Hartford around midnight. Quite a day.

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