As a Red Sox fan, there is simply no greater place to watch a game than at the 104 year old Fenway Park.
However, the second greatest place to watch a Sox game is anywhere on the road.
There is nothing like watching my boys from Beantown go into someone else’s house to shut up 40,000 fans like a David Ortiz Homer or a Web Gem by the Laser Show (Dustin Pedroia for those who are not familiar with our nicknames).
This past Saturday, I took full advantage of catching a Sox game down in Houston for their only trip to H-Town all season and what could quite possibly be the last time I may ever see Big Papi before his inevitable retirement at the end of the season.
The stage was set: The Astros are one of the worst teams in the league, the Red Sox, at this point, rank among not only one of the best offensive teams in the league but defensive as well. Not to mention, the Sox were coming off a 6-2 victory from the previous night against the Astros.
It was an absolute gorgeous day for a baseball game with the roof open at the beautiful Minute Maid Park. The temps didn’t get higher than 82° F with a phenomenal breeze while sitting in the comfortable shade in the upper deck where we could view every square inch of the field.
The Sox were off to a fast start in the first after a lead off single for Mookie Betts, followed by an errant throw to first moving him up to second which eventually lead to a David Ortiz single to give the Sox a 1-0 lead right out the gate.
Clay Buchholz was on the hill mowing down Astro’s hitters inning after inning while keeping a low pitch count.
That was until the bottom of the 5th with 2 outs in the inning and the bases loaded for the dangerous Colby Rasmus. Buchholz hurled a pitch low but in Colby’s wheelhouse where Rasmus would ultimately turn that pitch around and launch it into the right field stands for Grand Slam to give the Astros a 5-1 lead.
The Sox never did really mount any sort of comeback the rest of the game while our bullpen continues to struggle maintaining leads or keeping opposing hitters in check.
The Astros would go on to eventually win 8-3 but on a day like that, it was hard to be upset. It is an absolute joy to be surrounded by Astro’s fans that can truly make it a great baseball experience.
It was an absolute beautiful day for a baseball game and an even greater pleasure to see my all time favorite baseball team on the road in my new home state.
If you are ever in the neighborhood, please go to a game at this incredible ball park and see everything it has to offer.
When all said and done, at least the Red Sox took the series winning 2 out of 3 and are certainly in prime position at dethroning the Blue Jays from their AL East Crown.
Best of luck to the BoSox for the rest of the year, it should be fun to watch all that is left of Big Papi’s amazing career and farewell tour.