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The End. Well, The Intermission.

19 Aug

This is a sad, sad day. Probably not for you, but for me.

The decision to postpone (not end) this blog is tough. I love writing and I love writing about what I love. But I have accepted the fact that I no longer live in Boston and I do not believe that I should be dishing out information on a city that I haven’t been to in three months. If I come across something interesting that I either read, my friend tells me or I remember something, I will definitely post it. If I move back to Boston (someone, please give me a job!!), I will definitely continue.

In the meantime, here is an article about 21 free things to do in Boston. A few of the things I have already written about, and a few of them are great tours that would be nice on a boring Saturday or when shuffling family members around.

Also, I do keep up another blog called Go Beyond the Box Score. It is about, well, going beyond the box score and looking at different elements of the games and the players. As you may have been able to tell, I am big into fun facts, and I try to litter that blog with them.

Oh here’s a fun fact: Fig Newtons (the cookie) are named after Newton, MA.

Thank you for reading. It truly means a lot to me. I love the city of Boston so much and I want others to appreciate it the way I do. While I am away let me know what you have discovered about Boston, what you love (and hate) about it.

And don’t worry, I will be back. Hopefully with a full time job. In Boston.

Your Bruins are in the Finals! Time to Celebrate!

1 Jun

This is going to be a quick post, so for that I apologize and say “you’re welcome.”

Tonight your Boston Bruins are in the Stanley Cup Finals. And that is reason to celebrate. They have not been in the Finals since 1990 and have not won since 1972. That is a huge drought however you look at it, but in Boston’s sports world, that is an eternity. Worry no more, Boston. Vancouver is here for the taking.

How do you plan on watching the big game? What is the best way to watch a hockey game in June when it is over 90 degrees out? Well, only you can really answer that question (well, what is your answer?). But I am here to give you a few options.
To begin with, any restaurant or place with a TV is going to have the game on, so if you have been meaning to try a new bar or pub, try it tonight and watch the game while you’re at it. The atmosphere is bound to be festive.

As always, I suggest going by TD Garden and going to one of the bars/pubs down there. Honestly, walk around until you find one that looks interesting. The Four’s is amazing and such a great place, but is likely to be crowded. I also suggest going near Fenway. The Red Sox do not have a night game so although there will most likely be left over fans, the bars will not be as crowded as they normally are. Cask ‘n Flagon, Jerry Remy’s and Boston Beer Works are great choices. I am not a huge fan of Game On, but the food is really good, it just lacks some spunk in my eyes.

I know that probably wasn’t the most helpful post, but I think it is so important to experience the sports culture of Boston and wanted to throw out a few ideas. If all else fails, get together with a couple friends and watch it on your own. Honestly, if you’re anything like me, that’s more fun.

FYI, today is also National Running Day. Sounds like hell to me, but some people may find it fun. So, go for a run tonight and enjoy the weather (well, there may be tornados, so if there are, stay inside. Don’t blame me if you get caught in one).

Baseball Season is Almost Here: Truck Day for the Red Sox

7 Feb

The truck from last year.

Football season is officially over, and although this is the first time that fact has made me sad, I am very happy to say that baseball season is here! Okay, so not quite yet, but spring training is right around the corner and pitchers and catchers report in about a week (depending on the club). But spring training can’t start until all the equipment is in Florida, because otherwise, well, it would be hard.

The Red Sox realize the importance of equipment and hold an annual “Truck Day”. I will be the first to admit that this is a pretty cool PR tool. After all, we all know how dedicated (read weird) the Red Sox fans are. So Truck Day is tomorrow, February 8th at approximately noon. So, what the hell is Truck Day you ask? It is where the Red Sox equipment truck will depart Fenway Park (at Gate D) and make the 1,480 mile trip down to Fort Myers, FL where the Red Sox make their spring home.

This isn’t just a truck making its way to the highway. No, there will be a processional of flatbed trucks carrying Wally the Green Monster and Fenway Ambassadors who will be tossing Red Sox baseballs and JetBlue giveaways.

Although I have never been due to me being out of the country or working, I think this is a great event. It is short, sweet and memorable. Why not take advantage of it? Plus, while you are by Fenway explore the area, catch a movie, grab a bite to eat. And enjoy the start of Spring.

How to get to Fenway Park: Green Line to Kenmore, turn left out of the turnstiles and left at the top of the stairs. Follow the stadium around until you see the crowd of people and the truck. Of course you can also get off at Fenway on the D line.

Around the Fenway Park Area

20 Jan

I hate the Red Sox. Yes, I live in Boston and yes, I love baseball. But I hate the Red Sox. Trust me, I have tried to like them, I really have. I own three Red Sox shirts. But I can’t. It is impossible for me. But one of my favorite places in Boston is the Fenway area.

Before we go further, I am not talking about the Fenway as a whole; I am talking about the Fenway Park area (which is part of the Fenway). I know, I know- you have probably all been the Fenway Park before and you can’t believe that someone hasn’t. Well, I have met those people, and if you are one of those people, I am swearing at you right now and giving you a very mean/rude/weird look. Because you are weird. You have to be.

Anyways, the area is fabulous. Nothing beats the energy (and irritating, self-absorbed, cocky fans) that the area has on a game day. But it is equally amazing to walk and explore the area when no one is there. You are alone on an historic site that some people would kill to see and experience. It is tranquil and overpowering during away games or the off season. That is why I suggest that everyone go explore the area during the winter.

Kenmore Square is where it all starts. The famous Citgo Sign is atop BU’s book store and provides a beacon of light overlooking the area. Restaurants are all around and the atmosphere is electric, game day or not. But that is not my favorite area; my favorite is literally right around Fenway Park along Brookline Ave and Boylston Street. Nothing beats the restaurants here. I love Boston Beer Works, which is right across from the park on Brookline Ave and Cask ‘n Flagon is pretty good as well (it’s important and historical so everyone should try it once). But my new love, my family’s new go-to restaurant is Jerry Remy’s on Boylston Street. It is phenomenal! Of course there are a ton of other restaurants around that won’t be nearly as busy on game days.

But you don’t want to just eat, do you? (Well, I mean, you probably do, but you need to do something else as well). The one thing I suggest is going on a tour of Fenway Park. I have not done it but I have been in the park for an event and it is absolutely amazing being one of the only people in the stadium. They are 50-minute tours and run every hour on the hour; tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children. More information on the tours, including hours, can be found on their page. I also suggest just wandering into the team store on Yawkey Way, checking out the statues on Ipswich Street or even catching a show at the House of Blues.

Red Sox Silver Sluggers

Pedro Martinez's Cy Young Award

Tony Pena's Gold Glove Award

How to get to Fenway Park: I always tell people to take the Green Line to Kenmore Square, exit to your left, turn left out of the station and just go up Brookline Ave. It is the easiest and most scenic. But if you insist, you can get off at Fenway on the D-line as well.

Boston Blazers: There’s a new kid in town

4 Jan

Boston is a sports city. That is a fact, there is no other way around it. Everyone knows about the four big sports teams, but really there are many more. One team is the Boston Blazers, a professional men’s indoor lacrosse team which starts their third season on January 15th. They play at TD Garden- that’s how you know they are legit. Before I go any further, I did intern with them and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

I knew nothing about lacrosse before I interned with the Boston Blazers. I just knew that I loved sports, and children should be exposed to them. I was excited about working for a lacrosse team but I had this picture in my head of stuck-up, rude, snooty lacrosse players who live in mansions and went to private schools. Hey, what do you expect, I grew up in a middle- to low-class town and the only lacrosse programs were in wealthy neighborhoods. But Blazers lacrosse, and indoor lacrosse in general is not like that at all. I have personally met many players and most of the front office staff and they are some of the nicest, funniest and down-to-earth people I have ever met. They are real.

And their season is starting in a week and a half. The team is a member of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) and they play 16 games from January through April. The majority are on Saturday nights. Blazers lacrosse is exciting, fun, fast paced and many times violent. It is amazing. It is truly a mix between hockey and basketball with a football schedule.

During my time with the Blazers I had the privilege to talk to many people who had been to games before. Everyone, especially the kids, could not say enough good things about the games. To be honest, I was amazed and completely surprised by the reception to this team and the loyalty to this team. They deserve it, but I was surprised.

So, if you lasted through my rant so far, you are wondering what the hell the point is. Well it’s this: there is another, cheaper, sports team in town that will provide, perhaps, more entertainment and reward than the other professional teams. The Boston Blazers have reverse pricing this year, where the cheapest seats are the front row. Check them out, it won’t hurt. And I bet you’ll have fun.

Also, check them out on Facebook and Twitter and their official YouTube page, which includes some amazing videos like the one below.

Happy Hanukkah and Beginning of the Winter Holiday Season!

1 Dec

Exploring the History of Boston

19 Nov

The other day I posted an article about 25 free things to do in Boston that was written by Boston.com. I mentioned in that post that there were a few walks/tours I would later highlight so they wouldn’t get in the way of the original material. Well, I didn’t completely lie. I just do not have that much time today to write this blog, but I did not want to leave y’all hanging (because I know you were waiting to hear about the walks that will take you out in the cold, away from your blankets, alcohol and TV and make you prance around a city full of crazy tourists on vacation for the holiday season. Sounds like fun, right?).

Anyways, the Boston.com mentioned two tours that I think are brilliant. Both are meant to be done by driving, but I think it would be easier to look through the sites, pick your favorites and walk/take public transportation. The first is a tour of JFK’s Boston. Okay, so to me it does not sound fascinating. Heck, it doesn’t even sound interesting. But I know many people who are interested in politics that would kill to go on this tour. The route seems phenomenal; it takes you through Cambridge, Downtown, the North End, the Financial District and of course South Boston. Some of the stops are hotels and restaurants. Others are churches that may be interesting to stop inside of. Others include his birthplace and the JFK Library and Museum. That is why I suggest picking the spots that sound most interesting to you and checking those out.

The second tour that Boston.com mentions is the Boston Sports Trail. This, to me, is amazing and innovative. Everyone knows that Boston is a sports town, but not everyone knows the history of sports in the city. This tour takes you from the North End, through Downtown, through the Common, Northeastern, Roxbury and finally puts you at Boston University. Stops include the Boston Sports Museum, which is the TD Garden (while you are there, check out the statue of Bobby Orr). There are some statues sprinkled across the city and a few things related to the Boston Marathon. Stops also include the arena at Northeastern, the arena at BU and the field at BU, all of which have significant ties to Boston’s sport’s history.

As these walks show, Boston has many places of interest. If you are interested in something specific, say the Boston Marathon, higher learning or hospitals (I know, that’s weird. I just couldn’t think of anything else), then do a little research online and create your own walk. It is a great way to see the city and the surrounding area and you may learn something in the process. Or you can use it as a bragging tool to your friends.

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