So I decided to take a drive down 95 and visit the PawSox. It had been quite a few years and I was excited about the evening ahead. The outside of the park has changed more then the inside. There is still free parking and if that fills up, $5.00 is the most I saw being charged.
There were tickets available at the window and the line to get into the park moved quickly. I sat over behind the PawSox dugout and had a great view. The night began with a nice tribute to the military and local police depts. There was a cannon salute which from what I undertand, was heard a few miles away.
The sox starters were introduced and Iggy seems to be the adopted son at McCoy. When Ortiz was introduced there were cheers but David never appeared. There was a long pause before the announcer moved on but still no David. Before the game began David made the star trot to the outifield and did some jogging.
I am not sure how Iggy's homer looked on TV, but it was a nice shot from where I was standing. The wind was blowing in and it was cold at the park. The applause for Iggy could be heard a few streets away.
Ortiz looks in better shape in person then on TV. I will have to stop my out of shape jokes. He is not jacked like in 04 but looks good for a guy his age. His two singles were not earth shattering but it was great to see him on base. His first time on, the count went full to the batter with two outs. Everyone was looking for David to run on the pitch but there was a slow trot.
Next time on there was again no close play at first so again it was a slow trot. When he scored from third he was hustling and I was impressed. No doubt he is running well but there were no moments on when he tested the foot by stepping hard on a base.
McCoy is a great take and anyone who likes baseball should make a visit.
I also saw a great catch by the Pawsox centerfielder. Great night and a great crowd. Those minor league fans really know there baseball.