more than a feeling

I’m in Boston for a couple of days for work – specifically Cambridge where one of our offices is. It’s my first time here and it seems really nice, if somewhat sweltering – they’re experiencing the 100+F weather we had in Minneapolis earlier this week. It’s nice to be somewhere with a bit more history than Minnesota, and the architecture is pretty cool as a result, plus everything is very compact compared to what I’ve gotten used to. Great to be meeting my counterparts in another location and it’s busy but feeling worthwhile.

Last night my coworkers took me to see the Red Sox game at Fenway Park, which is the oldest continuously used baseball stadium in the country, having opened in 1912. It’s a pretty cool place, kind of cramped and uncomfortable with wooden chairs designed for 1912 sized people, but the atmosphere was just great. It’s open air but with the oppresive heat it was kind of stuffy and smelly, but that all added to the feel. The seats get start really close to the field so you feel much closer to the game than I’m used to in the Minneapolis Metrodome. Sell-out crowd (277th in a row apparently) also made a difference, it was pretty rowdy. The game itself was mostly good too – a bit of a ropey stretch in the middle but the final inning was awesome. Sox were a run down and with two outs managed to get all the bases loaded and got the winning runs needed in the last play. Everyone in the place was on their feet for the whole innings, clapping, cheering, whistling – it was really cool. When the Sox won the place erupted and the atmosphere as we left was just great.

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