Jon Crispin's Notebook

Opening Day

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Weekend

Posted in Baseball, baseball stadiums, drinking beer, Fried Clams by joncrispin on 06/07/2015

We took Peter back to the train in New Haven on Saturday.  But as his visits are not too frequent, we will go out of our way to take him to Farnham’s in Essex for fried clams.  This view from the parking lot always entices me.  The clams were brilliant as usual.

I have no idea what was going on here.

As it was Friday and the Sox were home, we then drove to the  Woodland T Station to take the Green Line into Fenway.  We had just two tickets for Cris and Peter, so I stood on line at the “day of game” window and scored a standing room space on the Green Monster.

It was a beautiful night for baseball.  I had never seen a game from the Monster before and it was a perfect place to watch the action.

I was standing beside two really nice guys from Huntsville, Alabama.  We kept buying each other beer, and  I think it was the first Miller Lite I have had in 30 years.  Scott and Jim were both Sox fans; they knew the team really well, and were perfect companions for the evening.  Baseball!

Fenway

Posted in Architecture, Baseball, Sport, Transportation, Travel by joncrispin on 04/05/2014

Yesterday I got a call from my friend Scott Chasan-Taber offering me a ticket to today’s Sox game.  We drove in this morning and took the Green Line from Woodland to Fenway.  It was a beautiful day for baseball; cool, breezy, and at times even a bit warm in the sun.  The Sox lost to Oakland 3-2 in 10 innings, but it didn’t really matter so much to me.  It was just lovely to be in the park watching baseball. Thanks Scott! / Wishing you all a great week. Cheers

Recently

Posted in Animals, Baseball, Beaches, Cities, Family, Food, Fried Clams, Jon Crispin, Nature, Sport, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 03/12/2013

Sometimes I get a bit frustrated when I don’t post here as soon as I have some interesting (to me) photographs. / We were up in Maine for Thanksgiving at my brother and sister-in-law’s house.  They live near to Higgins Beach in Scarborough, ME and on Thursday the ocean was really kickin’.  I went for three separate walks to the beach the next day and each one was interesting in its own way.  The surf was up (especially by East Coast standards) and at one point there were at least 40 surfers out.

On the morning walk I noticed that tons of sea creatures were washed way up on the beach, including this guy.  Very alive and, I hope, happy to be put back into the ocean.  Would have made a nice little lunch though.

On our way home on Saturday, I finally stopped to take a shot of this structure on Route 1 in Scarborough.  I liked the light, and it is nice to see how helpful the owners are in identifying just what this thing is.

Further (farther?) down Route 1 is Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery and since Peter was with us it seemed a nice time to stop in for a bite.  As usual, amazing fried clams.

Next stop was in Boston for our annual walk around the outside of Fenway Park.  So sweet to have the 2013 World Series banner hanging.

And I have always liked this statue, especially Dom DiMaggio’s specs. / We ended the Boston leg of the trip with a stop at the Blue Ribbon.  For Peter, this day was a triple play; clams, Fenway, and Blue Ribbon.  He was a very happy boy.

And finally, there is this.  Image-wise it is kind of an orphan here, but I love the floating cone in the middle.  I spotted this on a walk with Pete yesterday afternoon. / I take him to the train in New Haven tomorrow, and as usual, it will be difficult to say goodbye.  Cris and I have had so much fun being with him for the past few weeks.

This and That

Posted in Baseball, Community, ephemera, History, Landscape, Nature, Sport, Transportation, Travel by joncrispin on 19/06/2013

We went to see the Sox last night and it was a very interesting evening.  A make-up day game was scheduled for 1 pm.  It started raining in the bottom of the 5th so it was delayed for three hours.  Out tickets were for 7 pm but due to the delay, the Sox allowed anyone with a ticket for the night game to watch the end of the first game which restarted at around 6.00.  Kind of confusing, I know, but we went in, watched them win the early one, cleared out of the park, came back in and watched ours start at 8.00.  The Sox led 1-0 until the top of the ninth when the Rays tied it up on a solo home run.  Jonny Gomes hit a walk off in the bottom of the ninth to win it.  It was a beautiful evening and the rain held off until the drive home.

This morning we drove Peter to New Haven to catch the train back to DC.  We had a great week with him.  The underground walkway to the platforms at the station is a bit outer spacey.

After his train left Cris and I drove to West Haven to walk along the sound and enjoy the beautiful day.  There is a lovely park with a walking/bike path along the beach.  We saw some old guys playing bocce ball and trash talking.  It was very sweet and familiar.  The above view made me a bit sad, as Dave’s Arcade-Carousel must have been very cool when it was still here.  You can tell the original sign just said “Arcade-Carousel” but someone got some stick-on letters to memorialize Dave.  He probably deserves the kind thought.

Fenway at Night

Posted in Architecture, Baseball, Cities, Community, Family, Jon Crispin, Sport, Weather by joncrispin on 08/08/2012

Peter, Cris, and I went to a Red Sox game last night.  It was an absolutely perfect night for baseball; temperature in the mid-70s and a constant light breeze from the south.  In the bottom of the first, Carl Crawford hit a double off the monster and was then picked off second when he wandered a bit too far from the base.  That pretty much sums up the season.  It has been a tough year for the club.  But still, baseball on a beautiful summer’s evening.  Can’t be beat (unlike the Sox who lost 6-3).

Tommy

Posted in Friends, People, Sport by joncrispin on 16/01/2012

Sometimes I get a bit blocked up when I think about writing on this blog.  Since the suitcases project has garnered so much attention, and with all the new subscribers, I sometimes feel a bit self-conscious.  It is something I fight against, but in the last week I have been suffering from a bit of “Karma Congestion” as my friend Alex would call it.  The easiest way for me to get back into it is to post something that makes me really happy.

When I was shooting the UMASS Fenway game last week, I was surprised and really glad to see my son Peter’s great friend Tommy.  He and Pete have known each other since middle school and he is one of the nicest people around.  This picture says just about all you need to know about him.  Such a treat to run into him in such an unexpected place.

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Frozen Fenway

Posted in Architecture, Baseball, History, Sport by joncrispin on 09/01/2012

This past Saturday I shot the UMASS / Vermont ice hockey game at Fenway Park in Boston.  My friend Thom Kendall was covering the action on the ice, and I had the luxury of just wandering around shooting whatever looked interesting.  It was great fun to have the run of the place.  It was the first official event in this, the 100th year of the park.  So much history. / This panorama was taken from the “Green Monster”.

Sox v Yankees

Posted in Architecture, Baseball, Family, Sport by joncrispin on 01/09/2011

 

This is my great nephew and godson Crispin Duryee who is an avid Yankee fan.

He and his dad had planned to go see the Sox/Yankees game last night but Burr had a schedule conflict and couldn’t make it.  I was more than happy to step in take him, and it was a blast.  I hadn’t gone to a ballgame with an eight year old since Peter was little, and it definitely brought back memories.

It was a beautiful night for baseball and the Yanks/Sox rivalry meant for a crowd that was really into the game.  Crispin is amazingly knowledgable about the Yankees and was fascinated by all the statistical information displayed on the new jumbotrons.  He was a perfect companion at a game; never bored, always in tune with the action and unabashedly rooting for his team.  The Sox won 9-4 which made me happy but was surely disappointing for him.  We’ll see what happens tonight when Burnett goes up against Lester.

Posted in Architecture, Baseball, Buildings, Family, People, Sport by joncrispin on 20/08/2011

I’ve been on the go alot lately.  Sorry for the lack of posts. /  Last Wednesday we went to Fenway to see the Sox play Tampa.  As often happens, we were only able to get two tickets for the three of us.  Instead of messing with the scalpers, I  make a small sign and stand on the corner of Yawkey Way and Brookline Avenue and hope for the best.  It has always worked in the past, and Wednesday was no exception.  Some guy walked past and just handed me this standing room only ticket.  It was for the Budweiser Deck in right field and it was a great place to watch the game.

I stayed up here until the fourth and then Cris texted me to say that the seat next to her was still empty.  So I moved down was able to sit in the shade with her and Peter in section 10 and see the end of the game from the nice new red seats.  Sox lost 4-0 but it was still loads of fun.  So thanks to the gentleman who made it all possible.

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