9/23/16 – “Play Day at Fenway”

I won a “Play Day at Fenway Park” contest run by L.L. Bean.  Basically, they opened Fenway Park open for four hours on a non-game day.  One hundred people won this “grand prize,” and each could bring along one other person.  I took Sean.  There were no lineup cards in play, but here’s the synopsis and some pictures.

The Good:

  • Tim Wakefield, Alan Embree and Trot Nixon made appearances to sign autographs and take pictures.  We didn’t wait more than 5 minutes combined to get all three of their autographs.

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Wakefield looking the other way.  Notice no one in line to get his autograph.

  • Archery: L.L. Bean had an archery set up to teach people how to shoot and let them shoot a few arrows at a target.  After nearly not wanting to do it, Sean ended up doing it four times and loved it.

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  • Food: While selections were limited, there were all the hot dogs, french fries, onion rings, soft-serve ice cream, etc. you could eat.
  • Batting Cage: We got to take about 7-8 swings in the visiting team’s batting cage.

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People waiting to take their cuts in the batting cage.

  • Boston’s three recent World Series trophies were on display.

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We got our picture taken with the World Series trophies.

  • Raffle: We won a kid’s L.L. Bean sleeping bag in a raffle L.L. Bean  held.
  • Lego: I was able to take Sean’s picture with Lego Papi.

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Sean and Big Papi (the Lego version).

The Bad:

  • I was hoping to be able to have a catch with Sean on the field (as were others who I noticed also brought gloves) and explore all of Fenway., but we were not able to.  To be fair, L.L. Bean never said we could do either in the promotional material.  Having a catch on the field would have been awesome.

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We were only able to explore a very limited area of Fenway, including this section by the visitors’ bullpen.

  • There wasn’t enough to do to fill the four hours.  The BP session took 30 minutes, as did the stadium tour (more on that shortly).  The autographs didn’t take long to get and there was only a very limited area to explore.

The Ugly:

  • The thing I was looking forward to the most was the “all access tour.”  It was L.L. Bean that called it an “all access tour.”  It sounded like it would be awesome.  Since it was an “all access tour”, I figured we’d get to go on the field, into the dugout, clubhouse or even the Green Monster!  To cut to the chase, we did none of the above.  We spent most of the 30-minute tour walking around the stadium.  We heard a few stories that I think just about every Red Sox fan already knows (e.g., the Citgo/See It Go story) and I’m not even a Red Sox fan.  The only place we went that I had not been was the press section, which does have a great view, but not good enough to make up for my disappointment over the greatly over-sold “all access tour.”

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At the end of the day, I’m glad we went because we had a good time, but I was left with a sour taste in my mouth about the “all access tour.”

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