Fenway Park book giveaway

*Today (Friday) is the last day to submit your story for consideration!

The good folks at St. Martin’s Press have been kind enough to offer three copies of their new book, Fenway Park: The Centennial: 100 Years of Red Sox Baseball (reviewed by yours truly here) to The Hardball Times’ readers.

And the powers that be at THT have allowed me to determine how the recipients of those three copies will be determined.

Let’s keep this simple. In the comments below, post your favorite Fenway- or Red Sox-related story. It might be an in-person account of a trip to the ballpark, a particularly memorable game you saw on TV, or perhaps a made-up scenario you have always dreamed about (a Red Sox-Cubs World Series, for example).

The three best stories—as determined by this unbiased, non-Bosox fan judge—will have their very own copies of Fenway Park: The Centennial sent their way.


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Greg has been a writer and editor for both The Hardball Times website and Annual since 2010. In his dreams, he's the second coming of Ozzie Smith. Please don't wake him up.
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Phil
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Phil
I grew up in Maine, so it was pretty easy to decide who I was rooting for.  Red Sox mania has been around for as long as I remember – in fourth grade the school PA system gave regular updates during the Bucky Bleeping Dent game. Right around this time, my parents took us to our very first game at Fenway Park.  It was also our first trip to Boston, so taking the subway and seeing Quincy Market was almost as fun.  I don’t remember who played or won, but I do remember the wooden seats and getting to touch… Read more »
Ryan
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Ryan
For a short time, I was considering joining a religious order in Boston called the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, which is a monastery off Harvard Yard. I was a novice monk for about six months. Monks, of course, do not get paid very much, due to vows of poverty and such as that. Monks also have to ask permission from the Superior (Abbot) to leave the monastery grounds for any reason, due to vows of stability and obedience.  As it happened, myself and a few of the other brothers wanted to see Tim Wakefield, a good knuckleballer, pitch.… Read more »
Robin
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Robin

I grew up in MA and was born in Boston, but never went to a game until June 2008.  I went as a celebration of completing radiation and chemo treatment for a rare form of cancer at the age of 28.  I took my dad with me as a thank you for driving me from my home in CT to Dana Farber every day for 8 weeks.  It was a great time, and I plan to go again, once I reach the 5 year milestone, where they consider me in remission.

Mike M
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Mike M

Two years ago I was at Camden Yards to watch an Orioles/Red Sox game.  The Orioles were down 10-1 going into the seventh inning, and it looked like they had no prayer for a win.  Suddenly they started chipping away at the lead against Okajima, and Pap, and company, and before you knew it they won the game 11-10!

Everyone in the Red Sox Nation is a band-waggon jumper (this includes everyone working for their flagship network ESPN.)  Go Rays!  Get that Wild Card!

Ted T
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Ted T

Although the Red Sox are clearly in the highly advantaged class of baseball teams these days, they still sometimes display weird confluences of talent and losses.

I went to the game – it must be the only one – where David Ortiz tripled *twice*. The Orioles handled the rest of the Red Sox without difficulty and won 8-3.

Far worse were the three Pedro Martinez starts I attended at Fenway between 1999 and 2000. His combined record in those two years: 41-10. His combined record in my presence: 0-3. Dammit!

Jim C
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Jim C
In the spring of 2002 I met a woman online from Maine, who seemed nice, intelligent, and interesting. We chatted online, talked on the phone, and after two months of that, we finally met. She came to visit me in DC, and our chemistry was fabulous. We had a great week together, and since I was going to the SABR convention a week later, in Boston, she made plans to join me for the weekend, which included a game at Fenway. She is a lifelong Red Sox fan, but had never been to Fenway. It was just a wonderful experience… Read more »
InnocentBystander
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InnocentBystander

Very simply, the greatest moment in Red Sox history:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPvMOVFshyI

Mikey
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Mikey
May 20, 2006. I’m living in Hoboken, NJ. My friend Matt from Cape Cod took a bus to my apartment the night before. We are up at 6am and in NYC to grab a bus to Philly. After getting on the bus, we check our tickets only to realize the game is at 7pm and we have a full day of roaming Philadelphia decked out in full Red Sox attire. Aside from checking out the city, we decide to walk from the heart of the city, thru the residential districts across the highway to the stadium. So myself (Rice jersey)… Read more »
David Wice
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David Wice
In September, 1957, I left home in Philadelphia to be a freshman at Harvard.  The first week I was there, I took the T to Boston to see the Red Sox and especially Ted Williams.  In those days, tickets were available and inexpensive.  I sat in an unoccupied seat next to a Sox fan.  He was quite friendly, and asked me where I was from.  “Have you ever been to Fenway Park?” he asked.  “First time,” I replied.  “Well, you’re lucky to see it.  They are going to tear it down soon and build a modern ballpark to replace it.”
Mike Mel
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Mike Mel
It was a sunny Saturday in September.  Kids had just moved back to school, our son just outside Boston.  Catching up on some yard work.  Phone rings.  It’s a friend who has bleacher seats at Fenway that he can’t use for THAT AFTERNOON.  Sox are playing the Yankees.  Wife and I look at each other – let’s go! Seats are underneath (or behind) the jumbotron.  Up there you find many Yankee fans and verbal jousting (or is it abuse?) is everywhere.  Called our son and he was coming in on the T to meet us with his roommate for dinner… Read more »
Gregg
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Gregg
My father took me to my first game in 1980.  The opponents (my brother says the Brewer, my father the Yankees) scored 4 in the top of the first.  The Sox answered with 5 in the bottom.  I turned my 5 year old head to my Dad, and said:  “That was great, Dad!  Thanks so much!”  He said: “Son, there are 8 more innings to go.”  Reports are that I went into stunned silence for the next two innings. 31 years later, I took my son to his first game with my father.  We laughed as the teams combined to… Read more »
Daryl
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Daryl
Two years ago, I took my 13-yr old son to Fenway for his birthday.  He had been a Red Sox fan ever since they won the WS in 2004, when he was 8 yrs old. We walked to Fenway from our Boston hotel about 4 hours prior to gametime.  We wanted to take everything in!  We ate at the corner pub just beyond left field, hung out along Yawkey Way, and bought hats and jersey at the awesome merchandise shops outside the stadium.  The fact that Yawkey Way becomes part of the stadium a couple hours before gametime is so… Read more »
Greg Simons
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Greg Simons

Thank you to everyone for sharing your stories.  We had tales of history, romance, illness, humor, family, friends and fun.

It wasn’t easy choosing three winners (I knew it wouldn’t be), but the three recipients of copies of the book are:

Mike Mel
Ryan
Daryl

I’ll be contacting each of the winners shortly. 

Again, thanks to everyone for sharing your own personal histories of Fenway Park.

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