A visit to Fenway Park is a baseball purist’s dream.
The best way to get there is on the T. Take the Green Line to the Commonwealth Avenue stop, which is a short walk to the park. Get there early so you can look around and pop into one of the local watering holes. Right across the street from Fenway is the Cask ‘N Flagon, home base for Red Sox Nation.
If there’s a long line, walk up the block to Boston Beer Works, where they have good food and brew their own beer—it’s right across the street from the entrance to Yawkey Way, which is the next stop.
Leave time before first pitch to hang on this street that runs along the west side of Fenway. It’s open only to ticket holders and has a festival-like atmosphere.
Try one of the grilled sausages with peppers and onions or the Cuban sandwich at El Tiante, named in honor of ex-Sox pitcher Luis Tiant, who may be on hand to sign an autograph and pose for a picture.
When it’s time to head into the game, grab a scorecard inside the front gate and keep score during the game. It’ll make a nice keepsake from the day and Sox fans, maybe the most passionate and knowledgeable in baseball, will appreciate the effort.
Sure, they have the 7th-inning stretch at Fenway, but the real action happens an inning later.
In the middle of the 8th inning, stand up and belt out the chorus to Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” which is repeated with vigor by the Fenway faithful: “So good, so good, so good!”
After the game, wander off the beaten path a bit to Thornton’s Fenway Grille, which has good eats and is a perfect spot for summer time with its outdoor seating.
If you’re looking to make it a late night, head back toward Fenway where there are a number of places along Lansdowne Street, right behind the park, including Jake Ivory’s Piano Bar, the Tiki Room, and Jillian’s, which offers pool, video games, bowling and other types of entertainment.