When the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers to clinch the ALCS and go on to the World Series, I made the decision to not make the same mistakes I made in 2004 and 2007. In 2004 I had an opportunity to drive up from Poughkeepsie, NY where I went to college, to be in Boston for game 4 of the World Series, but instead I passed on it because I had rowing practice the next morning and a test the next day. In 2007, I was living in Cambridge and most definitely had the opportunity to be in Boston for game 4 of the World Series, but instead I stayed home because I had rowing practice this next morning. I will regret those decision for the rest of my life. As for yesterday, I was NOT going to make that same mistake again!
After work, Boston Social Athletes co-host and good friend Kim Fox and I planned to meet up to watch the game at a bar near Fenway to be part of the excitement. We ended up at Bar Louie on Brookline Ave, just a couple blocks away from the park.
Luckily the line to get in was ONLY a block long (the line for Cask 'N' Flagon was almost to Kenmore Square...), and was moving slowly but surely. When we got in, there was not a free seat in the house. Luckily, Kim spotted two older guys at the bar and had a gut feeling they might be going to the game. Being the social person that she is, she struck up a conversation with these two guys, and found out they were indeed going to the game. When they got up to leave, they gave us their seats right at the bar, right in front of a TV! The energy in the bar was ELECTRIC! Everyone was intently watching the game, roaring at every hit, run, strike, and double play. By the top of the 9th inning, with three outs to go to win, you could feel the tension building. Then the final moment came: Koji Uehara pitched a third strike to catcher David Ross, then the tension was released:
In that moment, EVERYONE become best friends with EVERYONE! Soon after when we left the bar, we encountered the massive crowd of baseball fans and the massive amount of law enforcement. The Boston Police had created staged barricades to keep people from moving toward the park. Since we were prevented from walking to Yawkey Way or Landsdowne Street, we walked towards Landmark Center to try and loop around. The farther away we got, the larger the crowds got!
To get back towards downtown Boston, we had to walk south into The Fens neighborhood as Boylston St was completely blocked off. As we walked toward Massachusetts Ave, the now iconic image shining over the city came into view:
When we got to Mass Ave, Kim and I parted ways and I headed towards Cambridge. As I rode my bike across the bridge, one last image came into view:
As I finished my bike ride home, I thought to myself that this win was such a fitting finale for this Red Sox team that rallied around the city after the Boston Marathon bombing. I think David Ortiz said it best, "THIS IS OUR F*CKING CITY!"