Jon Crispin's Notebook

Opening Day


I will often go to Fenway without a ticket in the hope that something will pop up (no pun intended).  When I got to the park I was amazed to see the line for the “day of game” tickets was quite short so I queued up and snagged a cheap (for the Sox) ticket out in the right field  grandstand.


It is always special to walk into Fenway, especially on opening day.


The NESN sideline reporter was ready for the cold, but it warmed up nicely.  By the 4th inning I took off my jacket, down vest, and wool sweater.


I am including this shot for Peter Carroll.  Look closely and you will notice that the “camera” on the tripod for this guy’s live feed is an iPhone!  Amazing.


The Sox were playing the Pirates, and I am including this shot for my son Peter.  We joke a lot about the 1970s Pirates hats, and this gentleman was totally decked out, including his Willie Stargell jersey.  He wasn’t so happy at the end of the day, as the Sox won 5-3.


I ended up sitting in the second row of right field box 88, and had a really enjoyable time with the usher in that section, Bobby the Brick.  It was a blast to watch him work the game; keeping people moving, and bantering with the crowd.  He would randomly ask folks what the score was, how many runners were on base, etc, just to make sure we were all paying attention.  He is a totally great guy who grew up in the North End and loves his job.


I always like to look around between innings.  My seat was just under the retired numbers of famous Red Sox players.  Love that blue sky.


This was the first time I had taken the Commuter Rail to the park.  There is a new stop just steps from Fenway and it was great.  I love trains.

6 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Katie said, on 04/04/2017 at 5:16 pm

    One of the many great things about baseball season is getting posts like this!

    • joncrispin said, on 10/04/2017 at 2:23 pm

      Katie, so nice to hear from you. I’d love to know how things are going in SC. Any trips back east for you?

  2. lampshade65 said, on 04/04/2017 at 5:30 pm

    If you love trains, you must come to Ecuador and ride the Devil’s Nose Train and other legs of the route from Quito to Guayaquil.

    • joncrispin said, on 10/04/2017 at 2:22 pm

      Lampshade, thanks. I would love to come to Equador sometime. Cheers, jon

  3. Mary Beaudry said, on 04/04/2017 at 7:41 pm

    Oh, Jonathon, I am so jealous. I watched part of the game on TV at home (saw the big home run!) then had to go into BU to teach. The jets fly past in sight of my 3rd-floor deck on their way to their Fenway flyover—so exciting but nothing like being at the ballpark. Also, I so enjoyed your interview with Zoe in Journal of Contemporary Archaeology!

    • joncrispin said, on 10/04/2017 at 2:19 pm

      Mary, thanks for the comment. It would still be nice to get together and chat sometime about the suitcases. And thanks for mentioning the Zoë collaboration. She is amazing. Cheers, jon

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: