Father’s Day at Fenway Park

Father's Day at Fenway Park - Wally the Green MonsterMy first father’s day was a whole lot of fun!

Mommy and I took Arya to Fenway Park for the Red Sox annual “Father’s Day Walk in the Park”. The free event is held on father’s day every year.

The team opens the ballpark to the public with special themed events and photo opportunities. Red Sox tickets are usually among the most expensive in baseball so I’m happy to take any chance to spend some time in Fenway Park for free.

The Red Sox hired a balloon animal-maker, face-painter, and stilt-walker for entertainment. They also had Wally the Green monster [picture above], two World Series trophies, and former players including Bill Monbouquette [picture below] for picture opportunities.

Father's Day at Fenway Park - Bill MonbouquetteFather’s Day Walk in the Park ran from 10am to 1pm.

We arrived early at 10:15 to beat the crowd and the afternoon sun. There were already hundreds of people in the park when we got there. Many hundreds more showed up as we were enjoying ourselves inside.

The team ran tours of the park, but otherwise the seating areas were closed off during the event. All activities took place near the main concourse by the Gate C entrance. A black rope stretched around the grass on the field.

Fans were allowed to walk from the outfield dirt, around foul territory, behind home plate, and by the scoreboard areas.

Father's Day at Fenway Park - Mommy in DugoutMy wife particularly liked the fact that the dugouts were opened for fans to take pictures. Mommy and baby used the visitor’s dugout to rest.

Despite the fact we brought along her nice stroller, Arya insisted on being carried throughout our time in Fenway. Since she’s getting heavy we alternated carrying her during the morning.

Baby also got hungry while she was in the dugout. We briefly considered letting her nurse with the nursing cover-up while in the dugout, but we decided to wait until we got to a nearby restaurant for lunch.

Several dads brought gloves and balls for themselves and their kids. Thanks to their foresight they got to play catch in the outfield of Fenway Park without having to stand in a long line. Others had extra balls and bats for the Red Sox retirees to autograph or for taking pictures with the World Series trophies or Wally.

I definitely want to come back to next year’s Father’s Day Walk in the Park. Maybe we’ll get to watch an actual game during Father’s Day. Hopefully Arya will be old enough to walk around herself next time.

Father's Day at Fenway Park - Tired with Daddy