|Patriot's Day at Fenway Park in its 100th Anniversary season|
After we saw Sunday night baseball on ESPN live at Yankee Stadium, the King drove us towards Boston so we could be in position to see the traditional Patriot's Day baseball game at Fenway Park during its 100th Anniversary season Monday morning.
When the schedule came out back in September, we looked to see who the Red Sox were playing on the third Monday in April which is a legal holiday in the state of Massachusetts and Maine. Besides the Red Sox playing baseball in the morning, the Boston Marathon takes place every year on that day.
This time the Red Sox were hosting the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition, the Yankees were slated to play the Minnesota Twins in the Bronx that night.
We instantly decided that we'll be spending our seventh Patriot's Day together in Boston. We were joined by our pal Phil Butleman who decided to come with us.
For me, it was my 94th baseball game I've seen live at Fenway. That's at least one every year there since 1986. That tradition continues as well.
In addition, we were blessed with summer like weather that day. It was very warm with the temperature reaching the upper 80's. It was great weather for baseball but not for those who were planning to run in the marathon. As a result, some people were forced to pull out of the race.
On the way there, we spent the night at Super 8 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts which put us an hour or so away from Boston. We checked in around 2:30AM. We got some sleep then we continued on our way to Fenway. We arrived with plenty of time to spare.
Upon arrival, we stopped off at our favorite street vendor, Sausage Connection. We said hello to the special people we know, Harry and his mother who was also there. It was too early to have something to eat since we had some breakfast at the hotel. After the game, we saw them and we got some food and ate it on our way back to the car. Just like the Green Monster at Fenway Park, seeing them is always part of the royal experience.
In between we went inside to see some baseball, the Red Sox wound up falling to the Rays by a score of 1-0. The lone run came courtesy of a walk by Red Sox' starter Josh Bard who issued seven walks in all while striking out seven batters over six and two thirds innings of work. James Shields of the Rays worked into the ninth inning shutting down the Red Sox' offense to help preserve the victory for the Rays as Fernando Rodney picked up the save by getting the last two outs to seal the deal.
After the game, we caught a glimpse of the Boston Marathon which runs a few blocks away from Fenway Park as we made our way back to the car so we could head back to the Bronx to see the Yankees play the Twins.
Stay tuned for that and the rest of my week in review.
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