The 1st weekend of Summer seems like the perfect time to blog about my experience with the Boston Red Sox Girls of Summer event. (Spoiler for those that like to skim posts: It was AMAZING!!!)
Thanks to Jessica at Keeping Mommy Sane, I won 3 tickets to the event & took my Sister-in-law Jen and my friend Amanda (who was Maid of Honor at my wedding).
What is Red Sox Girls of Summer?!
It was a wonderful day where 40 women participated in
- Clinics with Red Sox Coaches (4 different activities)
- Lunch and Q&A with Front Office Panel
- Meet the Red Sox – Brock Holt & Mike Napoli
- Press Conference with the Manager
- Tour of the Park
- Pregame Party
- Red Sox Game
Just wow! I got to live out a dream playing baseball in Fenway Park. I think I may have spent most of the day jumping up and down on the field saying “I can’t believe this is real!”
After checking in at Fenway Park, we had a welcome session with Executive Vice President & Senior Advisor to the President/CEO of the Red Sox, Charles Steinberg. He talked about how he thinks women will be playing in Major League Baseball in the near future.
Then, we were divided into groups of 10 to go through the coaching clinics. I was on the white team. (Hi to any awesome teammates that may be reading this posts!)
I freaked out with joy upon 1st stepping on the field!
Amanda, me, and Jen in the Red Sox dugout!
Put me in coach! I’m ready to play!
Our 1st stop was the bullpen for pitching lessons from Red Sox bullpen coach Dana LeVangie.
Amanda getting some pitching instruction
I was so in awe, I didn’t think to hand off my camera and ask someone to take my photo. Oops.
The next stop was fielding off the green monster!!! (I’m grinning now just typing that!)
Our coach for fielding
OMG! I actually caught the ball! (My former SBS softball teammates will be shocked.)
Then, it was time to talk base running with Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo.
Jen’s got this!
I’m out by a mile but I’m laughing with joy the whole time
Finally, we walk through the dugout to get to the batting cages!
I’m totally team personnel as I walk through that door!
Jen & Hilary wait to enter the batting cage
At this station we get instruction from Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis
Jen channels her jersey’s namesake and totally rocks!
I’m actually connecting!
Instruction over, we headed back up to the EMC club. This sign in the dugout made me laugh:
At the EMC club we had lunch & the Q&A with the front office panel.
Red Sox front office staff panel
Then, the amazing surprise of which Red Sox players we’d get to meet.
We all assumed “meet the Red Sox” would mean lesser known players that just joined the squad. Not so! It was Mike Napoli & Brock Holt!
Mike Napoli, Jen, Me, Brock Holt
Mike & Brock stayed after pictures for their own Q&A session with us.
Then, we went to the rows behind the Dugout for a Press Conference with Red Sox Manager John Farrell with us asking the questions!
Finally, we went on a tour of Fenway.
Our awesome tour guide
Amanda & Jen in the 1st row of the Green Monster seats
Display about the concerts that have taken place at Fenway Park
Fenway Farms – an organic garden on the Fenway roof – Yawkey Way side
Love this shot of Fenway with Boston in the background
Finally, it was time for dinner & then the game.
Cool dinner ambiance in The Champions Club (inside the park) – Those baseballs are all signed by the Red Sox World Series Champion players & coaches for 2004, 2007, & 2013.
My sister-in-law Jen & I goof around in the kids section of the park before the game
All & all it was an amazing day! One of the coolest days of my life! Thank you to the Red Sox for hosting this wonderful day!