Every year, I would watch the World Series, and more years than not, they show these older female fans lamenting about how they’ve been fans their whole lives and never seen their team win a World Series. As a Red Sox fan, we’ve been spoiled this century with an amazing run of championships, but those interviews have stuck in my brain to remind me that you never know when the last World Series you see your team win is going to occur. With that attitude, I told Joel in 2018 that if the Red Sox made it to the World Series, we needed to do whatever it took to go to a game. Which at the time was no small feat- I was coaching volleyball, so I had a pretty limited time frame that it would work. Thankfully, the stars aligned and game 5 fell on a Sunday and in Los Angeles, which was a much easier trek for us from Montana.
One problem though- the Red Sox were a juggernaut, and we weren’t even sure that it was going to make it to game 5. We held off on booking a flight until we knew the game was actually going to happen. Red Sox won the first two games, and then came game 3. With conflicting feelings, we watching all 18 innings, and breathed a sigh of guilty joy when the Red Sox ultimately lost despite Nate Eovoldi’s mammoth effort. Immediately after the loss, we booked our flight to leave early Sunday morning and return not even 24 hours later and tried to wrap our heads around getting to see our favorite team play on the biggest stage!
Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger… sorry. Had to with this stadium. Anyways, when the 2018 MLB schedule came out and I saw that the Red Sox would be playing the Nationals in Washington DC on the 4th of July… well, I knew we had to make it happen. And I’m so glad we did! Not that I’ve ever regretted going on a trip, but this one was truly special, and the Red Sox-Nationals series was a big part of that.
The Red Sox were in town for a 3-game set as part of the inter-league games. For those who follow baseball in 2022, you might know that they’re changing the schedule next year so that there will be more inter-league games. On one hand, I’m excited. There were some instances where the Red Sox would only play at a stadium once every 6 years, so to get to see the Red Sox play at every stadium, which is my pie in the sky goal, you’d have to be pretty patient. On the other hand, though, that made it special, which this new schedule will get rid of a bit. But at least I’ll remember how special this series felt, which adds to the memory!
And while we had only planned on going to the Red Sox games, we had a few extra days in town and ended up finding an excuse to go to a couple of other games as well!
Alright, time to switch things up. I’m very behind on keeping up with our travels, and I want to get caught up! Also, because I’m so far behind, I am losing details, which isn’t ideal. I don’t have the time to dedicate to this that I once did, but I’m still going to make it work. So from here on out, if we see a full series at a stadium, it’s just getting one post. Perhaps someday we’ll get back to multiple posts, but for now, thems the rules. Sound good? Great.
I wrote about our first game at Camden Yards, but during that game I was tired and slightly sunburned from the golf tournament and getting in late, so games 2 and 3 were the true test for the stadium. And while both the teams we saw battle it out were not good, Camden still found a way to show out!
We started the day of the 2nd game with a ballpark tour, which was great. All ballpark tours are great, but there’s something about these historical stadiums that attract the most special types of tour guides- the lifelong fans who love getting to nerd out about their home away from home. It was toasty, but we loved getting to wander around the stadium, finding the plagues for Red Sox players’ home runs, and learning all about the Orioles and Camden. After that, we were ready for some baseball!
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.