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The Weekend

Fenway Park: Experience of a Lifetime

Last week, I learned that Robin Williams and I were born in the same year, ’51. A day or so after his death I happened across this tribute video and one particular quote struck a chord with me:

“None of us are very long on this earth. Life is fleeting…Make your life spectacular.”

It got me thinking: I’ve always wanted to go to Boston’s Fenway Park for a Sox game, to take in the whole experience. Last Tuesday I decided to take time off and go.

We enjoyed a great game on Friday evening. It seems like everyone I saw over the weekend in Boston wore either a Red Sox shirt or a hat with a “B.” If every one of them could have crowded into the park, they would have. Fenway additions over the years means it now seats 38,000 fans, and Friday was sold out. It was amazing. In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much, we went back for a second game Saturday night.

The image you see above is the view we had–great seats–7 rows back from the field and right behind the catcher. To top it off, we had a fellow who kept bringing us Guinness Stouts and those famous Fenway hot dogs. As someone said, the bread just sort of “melts.” The whole experience was one to be remembered.

Since getting back, I have watched several Robin William clips. He was a great talent who could make one cry or bring a laugh at a moment’s notice. Maybe there was just too much talent for one person to endure, but one of his legacies stands: Live life to the fullest.


Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.