My boys are growing up in Central America, a place where football (soccer) is the main sport, almost a religion. Unlike baseball, which is one of the king sports in the US. In theory, the only exception is Nicaragua where the national sport is baseball, but you barely hear about it. Central America doesn't have big stadiums and it is definitely not considered a religious, fanatical event like in the US.
What To Do in Boston with Kids – as if there is a shortage of things!
When I was planning my upcoming trip to Boston, my brother said that we should visit Fenway Park and see a Red Sox baseball Game.
When it comes to new experiences for me and my family I’m extremely easy to convince. So I was totally into it.
I did warn my brother:
1. We are not baseball fans.
2. Pretty much everyone knows that baseball is one of the most boring sports that you can watch. It is almost as boring as watching golf. I am talking from an adult’s point of view, can you imagine what a three year old thinks of it.
3. I would be surprised if we last 15 minutes.
My brother is quite easy too and said that it wasn’t about the game, it was about the experience. A visit to the oldest baseball stadium in use in the US – why not give it a go. And at the end of the day we can cross going to a baseball game off of my boy’s list (and mine) of things to do.
It would also be an interesting experience for my husband, he’s never been to a baseball game either.
Growing up in NYC I had the chance to go to a few Mets and Yankees games, which by the way, Yankees are the Red Sox’s arch enemies. You could get stoned to death just by uttering that word out loud at Fenway Park.
Pitfalls of Traveling with Little Kids
The game was going to start at 4pm. So we had a good portion of the day free to do some exploring.
It was our second day in Boston and I was feeling optimistic so I planned ton of fun things to do in our free time. This led to two extremely tired little boys who were begging to go back home and rest before the game.
Because of this we ended up taking the T (Metro) too late and missing the open ceremony. Which was the whole reason why we were going in the first place.
Fenway Park In Boston is much more than just a Stadium
Gratefully, the stadium itself is a destination full of history and excitement.
In the end we managed to get 15 minutes out of the kids by promising them that we would buy them a baseball.
This meant that I got some time to enjoy the place and to get up close to the field.
Fun Facts about Fenway Park
• Fenway has been the official home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox baseball team since 1912.
• In 1999, then Red Sox CEO John Harrington announced plans for a new Fenway Park to be built near the existing structure, but it wasn’t well taken by fans. It was never done and by the looks of it, it never will.
• The lone red seat in the right field bleachers (Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21) signifies the longest home run ever hit at Fenway by Ted Williams on June 9, 1946 and was officially measured at 502 feet (153 m).
• Fenway has hosted 11 World Series.
• The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
• The first game was played April 20, 1912, with mayor John F. Fitzgerald throwing out the first pitch and Boston defeating the New York Highlanders (renamed the Yankees the next year).
• The first All-Star Game was played at Fenway Park in 1946.
• It is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium in use.
• The Green Monster is the nickname of the 37.167 feet field wall.
• The Green Monster was originally navy blue and white, but it distracted the players, so they changed it to green.
• The seats in the grandstand section are still the original seats.
• The Green Monster is the tallest wall in any Major League Baseball park at an impressive 37 feet.
Nothing Like Hot Dogs in Boston After a Baseball Game
So what do you do after a tour of Fenway park and partially looking at a game? You get some serious dogs to fill your belly. My brother took us to one of the most popular hot dog joints in town: Spike’s Junkyard Dogs!
I must admit the restaurant serves up some pretty mean dogs.
They also have a wall of fame that shows pictures of how people snarf down up to eleven in one seating.
For me anything over one would have been too much, but in the pictures you see people proud of eating seven to eleven hot dogs. It really makes you wonder ‘what were they thinking‘!