Well, I Will Always Remember Max and Mitch’s first Red Sox game. It initially started when we told them we would take them if they started pooping on the potty.. It worked pretty well as Max is 100% trained and Mitch, well Mitch does ok. A lot of kids regress sometimes during potty training so we’re not too worried. But he’s done well enough to warrant still going.. (like not taking him was even an option)..
Well after weeks and weeks of telling them it was coming, the day was finally here. They wore Red Sox shirts because they were so excited and I brought their Wally shirts for the actual game in case they wanted to change. After picking them up from school, we headed to the train. First words out of Max’s mouth, “Are we there yet”? Ugh, if this is how it’s going to go this is not going to be fun. We were heading to Alewife and had about a 25 minute or so drive. But thankfully it went quickly.. So when Max asked me again and we actually were there I said, “yes, we are here”..
Max: “Mitch, did you hear that? We’re here now.”
Mitch: “YEAH, I KNOW”, like Max had been saying it for the past 10 minutes…
Sometimes all you can do is laugh.. They are funny kids.
Anyway, they were very excited to ride the red train. They were kept busy by Angry Birds and Mitch flirting with a girl on the T. I swear he would have had a marriage proposal in another 5 minutes if we didn’t have to get off at Park St. It’s those lashes, they get them every time.. The transfer to the Green train as it is known was pretty easy. Got right on and got seats. Thankfully I remembered to take the bags of Cheez-Its from their lunches that they didn’t eat so they would have a snack. I opened a bag for each of them because God forbid they actually share. Max takes 1 Cheez-It and says I’m done. Mitch of course does the same. So now I have 2 open bags of Cheez-Its minus 1 Cheez-It each. Typical.
But thankfully our stop came and we got out and met their mother, the Yankee fan on Comm Ave. (maybe a little show on CBS can take a cue on exactly how easy it actually is to meet someone's mother). The boys were very excited to go see Wally the Green Monster who lives at Fenway Park. That’s all they kept talking for weeks. So we walked through Kenmore Square and up towards Fenway. Once inside on Yawkey of course we had to go in to the Souvenir Store where we promptly bought the boys green Red Sox hats (Wally color) and little Wally dolls. Those Wally dolls ended up being life-savers.. On Yawkey Way a woman was very nice and was willing to take pictures of us.. Not that it mattered as Max rarely ever looks at the camera. So we then went in so I could take the boys up the ramp to get a look at the field for the first time.. We went right down to home plate behind the net so they could see the entire park. The bad thing about having twins is that there’s always an even ratio. 1 parent for each kid so it’s hard to take pictures.. I would have loved to have gone ahead and taken a picture of the boys’ faces when they saw the park for the first time.. But I guess you can’t have everything..
An usher then told us we couldn’t be down there without tickets, even though it was only 615p and the game wasn’t starting for an hour. So it was off to the seats as the boys were getting a little restless. They thought going up the escalator was very cool and loved seeing all the pictures of the Red Sox and the replica plaques of the Hall of Fame members. Thankfully we were the first ones in the box. The boys hadn’t even been in the box for 5 seconds before they found the popcorn and pretzels. They made themselves comfortable on the big stools in front of the window and proceeded to eat everything they could find. Mitch had his first Fenway Frank and Max had his first Fenway Chicken Tender.. Overall they ate Fenway Franks, Chicken Tenders, popcorn, pretzels, pizza, ice cream, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, melon, red grapes, green grapes, orange and watermelon. Thankfully this wasn’t all in the first 10 minutes. Combined they only weight about 60 pounds. I seriously do not know where they put it (or how they kept it all down).
People started to arrive and we went outside to the seats to hear the national anthem and the moment of silence for Mike Flanagan. I was very proud of Max for being quiet and respectful through both of them. However the cheering after the anthem proved to be a little loud for him so he went back inside. watch a bit, go back inside, eat something, etc.. But everyone there was very cool and loved the fact it was their first game. Even the people in the box next to us were nice and interacting with the boys.
Around the 4th inning or so, lo and behold, the ice cream cart arrived!! So needless to say the boys had to have ice cream in a Sox helmet.. I mean, it’s a rite of passage no? While ice cream at 815p might not have been the best idea we’ve ever had, it certainly did stop them from continuously running into the wall and the door, even for just a short time.
Then, the Green Monster hit.. Literally.. They both said I want to go home. And that was the end of that. They had a good run. Like Loyola Marymount in 1990. But they needed to go home. The fact that they didn’t have a nap at school, either of them and still made it to 845p was very impressive. And they didn’t run out onto the field which was even MORE impressive..
I’d say their first game was a rousing success. They ate, they watched, they had fun. And other than the Hokey Pokey, isn’t that really what it’s all about?
Unfortunately, they didn’t get to hear Dirty Water, but this is just the first game of many more to come..