Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

My footsteps were too straight for you to follow

From my vantage point I couldn't see Reddick with the shaving cream face until he went back into the dugout.  I had to take this shot through all the Sox fans who stuck around after the game.

From my vantage point I couldn't see Reddick with the shaving cream face until he went back into the dugout. I had to take this shot through all the Sox fans who stuck around after the game.

It started to rain on Saturday just as we entered the ballpark (we got there around 6:30pm) and we watched them put the tarp on the field and wondered if we were going to be in rain delay.  Thankfully, that didn’t happen.  We were  so lucky with the weather this weekend.  For all the rain we expected we actually got very little of it.

Because I waited until the last minute to decide to go on this trip, I sat in a single field box seat while my friends sat somewhere else.  The section I was in was about 11 rows behind the Red Sox on-deck circle and full of Red Sox fans.  On one side of me sat an older couple who were Orioles fans enjoying the hospitality of their lawyer’s season tickets.  On the other side was another couple, this time Red Sox fans who came down Friday for the weekend.  And in front of me were two twenty-something guys in Sox gear sitting next to a rabid Orioles fan.  Everyone seemed to be enjoying the weather and the game and I was happy with the company.  That is, until Big Papi got on-deck.  The Orioles fan in front of us started screaming “USER!  USER!!  USER!” over and over (and he did this for every Papi at-bat).  Which was fine, right?  Papi is going to have to expect this in every ballpark.  But, me being me, I had to ask this man if he was going to yell that the next time Brian Roberts got up to bat.  He didn’t seem to get the connection (the fellas next to him made sure he did and, no, he didn’t heckle Roberts at all that night).  The Orioles fans next to me were lovely.  She was lamenting that the game took so long but she really seemed to like the team and enjoyed the game.  He was frustrated with the Orioles’ pitching but both were pleasant and happy and we had some good and friendly baseball discussion (and spoke about their ties to Boston and how much they both loved the city).

When Victor Martinez approached the plate for the first time the Red Sox fans made their presence known.  I’m sure you all could hear and see it on NESN.  If I was surprised at the ovation, I imagine Martinez was stunned.  A few fans away, an Orioles fan wanted to know who Victor Martinez was.  It was just…sad.

But it was the Joshes who really made the night special.  Beckett by giving up no runs in 7 innings while striking out five and Reddick by going 2-4 with a walk and a strike out in his first major-league start.  Before Reddick got his first hit there were Orioles fans in front of us who were in the front row (so I’m sure Josh could hear them) chanting “Who are you?  Who are you?”.   When he hit his double in the 7th, a Red Sox fan close to me who had been quiet all night yelled out “Do you know who he is NOW?” and got many cheers.

I heard people singing “Sweet Caroline” in the stands in the middle of the 8th.  I saw a Red Sox fan talking with security and eventually getting some Orioles fans thrown out of the park.  There was one other heckler who was yelling to Papi “Steroid user!!!!” while slapping the middle of his arm (as if you inject steroids there).  Another Sox fan yelled “If that’s where YOUR guys shoot steroids – no wonder they suck!”).   The Papi support was out in full bloom.  I saw more Papi jerseys and t-shirts than I usually do on the road.  They were everywhere (and they were even selling Papi jerseys on the streets) – on kids and adults, men and women…there was a ton of support for David.  I wasn’t sure if it would be like that but I admit that I enjoyed seeing it.

One of my friends on the trip is having a birthday this month so we decided to give her a surprise party after Saturday’s game.  We set it up with the bartender at the hotel lounge and were excited to be able to celebrate two wins in a row on top of Susan’s birthday.

More in part 3!

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August 4, 2009 - Posted by | 2009 | , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. It’s hard to pull off a true surprise party but I had no clue what was going on. It even took me a few seconds to realize why some of the group was yelling “surprise” at me (I say some of the group since not all of the group was there).
    An away weekend of baseball is usually fun but it’s all the more fun when you see winning, and interesting, games.

    Comment by Brenken | August 4, 2009 | Reply

  2. Surprise birthday for Brenken? How way cool! Way to go, Cyn!

    Comment by fla beck | August 4, 2009 | Reply

  3. \\yelled out “Do you know who he is NOW?” and got many cheers.//

    ok this made me laugh out loud very loudly!!

    Sounds like you had a marvelous time!!! And what a great surprise and birthday to have after a W. I’m glad the boys cooperated for ya. As well as Mother Nature. It really makes me sick to my stomach to have to deal with stupid fans…either ours or theirs.

    Can’t wait to hear more…and you did a really good job at remembering details!!

    Comment by Tex19 | August 4, 2009 | Reply

  4. Tex, trust me, Cyn did a really good job remembering details…all things considered. What a truly wonderful weekend of baseball. Baltimore was just so much fun. I do have to say I felt a wee bit sad for the Orioles’ fans as they were so outnumbered in their own park. I was so hoping we could surprise brenken and we really did surprise her. We had our own private room over looking the harbor. We let a bachelorette party and a group of about 16 or so that had been going on Red Sox road trips for about 10 years share the room with us. It made for a very raucous time.

    Comment by Soxcruiser | August 4, 2009 | Reply

  5. “The Orioles fan in front of us started screaming “USER! USER!! USER!” over and over (and he did this for every Papi at-bat). Which was fine, right? Papi is going to have to expect this in every ballpark. But, me being me, I had to ask this man if he was going to yell that the next time Brian Roberts got up to bat. ”

    Does that mean that Sox fans will be laying off Pettite and A-Rod next time New York is in town?
    I doubt it. Just like I doubt New York fans will lay off Ortiz.

    The fact is every team has (or has had) someone that is either on the list or used and wasn’t caught.

    Fans are going to heckle the visitors and ignore the guys on their own team. Boston fans ADORED Manny when he left Cleveland for more money and DESPISED Damon for doing the same.

    Does it surprise you that an Oriole fan would heckle Ortiz?

    Comment by walter | August 4, 2009 | Reply

  6. “The fact is every team has (or has had) someone that is either on the list or used and wasn’t caught. ”

    Ok, it’s not a fact, but it’s likely that every team has been touched in some way.

    Comment by walter | August 4, 2009 | Reply


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