Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sweet Caroline, Please Go Away

A few observations after attending my first Sox game of the season last night:

First off, it's always comforting returning to Fenway.  I like the familiarity of the place; the Wall, the tricky corners, the uncomfortable seats, the Play Ball song.  I love the fact that I can share these experiences with each generation of my family.  I love the easiness of the park and the game itself. It forces me to slow down and I appreciate that.
The start of the season usually means some changes were made at Fenway.  This season is no different. There are some new concession options near my seats in the Third Base Deck.  The usual stuff is there, hotdogs, chicken tenders, fries, burgers, pretzels.  They’ve got fancy burgers now too. A Tasty Burger is now open in the Third Base Deck area.  There is also a bar in that section now. I don’t get the bar thing.  Why pay for a $30 ticket and then sit at the bar drinking $9.00 beers?  Why even go to the game if you’re just going to sit at the bar?  You can do that anywhere. I don’t see the appeal. 

First pet peeve of the night: People leaving their seats during the inning.  I get it if you have kids. Kids are kids. No problem.  But there's always the knuckleheads who are constantly getting up during a 3-2 count and blocking my view and the view of the person behind me.  Can't you go between innings?  I thought it was one of those unwritten baseball rules.

When the Sox were up during the first inning, their walk-on songs were displayed on the screen. A.J. Pierzynski walks on to a song called AJ Scratch. Did someone create that just for him? Hmm...at least it's not country.

Speaking of music, the organist did a bang up job last night. I heard some Rolling Stones, some BeyoncĂ©. My favorite was when "If You Don't Know Me By Now" played during a pitcher/catcher meeting on the mound. Love those little moments.   The 8th inning of course brought Sweet Caroline.  I hate Sweet Caroline. I am a loyal Sox fan but I am so sick of that song.  It’s become a staple at Fenway and it won't go away. It feels so forced now. I know people love it but can't we try something else? Daft Punk anyone? 
The best part of last night's game was that the Red Sox won.  First home win of the season.  Red Sox nation can release the panic button for now. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What's Your Playlist?

Every week my older brother emails me his 80's song of the week.  I always look forward to his song choice because it inevitably triggers memories of our childhood.  Every week it gets me thinking how a song is like a time machine that can immediately connect you to moments in your life.  For example, whenever I hear Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know", I think of my first trip without my parents and how I bought Whitney's album with my own money.  It was a very independent moment for me.  Might sound like a weird connection but it meant something to me.  When I hear Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer", I think of my friends Dave and Vicki and our time cruising around Vegas and blasting that song.  It was a feeling of pure joy and total freedom. When I hear The Who's "Baba O'Riley", I think of Fenway Park. Fenway you ask?  Yup, because "Baba O'Riley" would always be played at approximately 6:50pm over the PA system at Fenway before first pitch.  So whenever I hear it on the radio my mind travels to Fenway.  When I hear the Beatles version of "Twist and Shout", do I think of the Beatles, one of the greatest bands in music? No, I think of Ferris Bueller lip syncing the song on a parade float in Chicago. I could go on and on. Thankfully, I have an iPod and can create as many playlists as possible. Some playlists are directly connected to memories, some are strictly Springsteen and some playlists are just songs I enjoy at the moment. My question to you: what's on your playlist?

Thursday, September 26, 2013


I took a walk today during my lunch break.  I usually tend to ignore everything on my walks. Today, I made an effort to take it all in.  So instead of rushing through the crowds at Downtown Crossing and dodging the tourists on the Common, I took my time and took in the scene. What did I see?  Well, I saw a lot of folks doing the same thing as me. They were going for a walk. Anyway, here are some photos from today's walk:

 The Public Garden.  Looking peaceful without the Swan Boats.

A piano on the Common. This is actually pretty cool.  Starting this week there will be pianos scattered throughout the city for public use. Anyone is allowed to play just like this guy in the photo. The piano concept is presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston. Visit this site for more information:  http://streetpianos.com/boston2013/

I always walk by this book store on West Street and I never stop. Today I stopped. This is the Brattle Book Shop.  They sell discounted books outside and have a varied selection inside including a rare book collection. I love that an actual book store still exists. I'm really glad I finally paid a visit.
 Check out their site: http://www.brattlebookshop.com/