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Friday, April 15, 2022

A Lovely Day and a Lousy Game

Well the good news was as Opening Days go that one was a humdinger weather wise.  It was absolutely gorgeous in the ballpark which looks fantastic.  Looks like they’ve done some pretty aggressive painting and cleaning and Fenway is in wonderful shape for a 110 year old girl.  When I arrived at the ballpark I made a beeline for the new section above the bleachers in right center field.  I have to say based on a ten minute stroll up there…I am going to make it my business to catch a game from that spot at some point this year.  It is a stunning view and the bar-style seating (similar to the Monster) looks positively cavernous compared to the rest of the um…cozy Fenway Park.

As you may or may not know Fenway has gone fully cashless (for some reason I typed “conscious” there the first time).  There are more than a few issues with cashless options but I will admit it’s pretty convenient.  Having said that I have my concerns.  My 77 year old parents like to go to games and while they are pretty adept with technology and regularly use credit cards they are a lot more likely than most to use cash.  Fenway does provide some kiosks where you can exchange cash for a MasterCard debit card.  It’s not clear to me if the card is just a full on cash card you could use anywhere or only at Fenway.  Also there appears to be a $5 fee for purchasing the card which cannot be reloaded.  So it’s a $5 fee basically every time you go to a game if you want to use that.

The other problem, and I’m not sure if this is a side effect of going cashless or not, but there was a spectacular dearth of hawkers in the aisles.  I was grandstand 31 down the 3rd base line, 4th row so I could see the grandstands and box seats pretty well and there wasn’t much.

That aside the pregame ceremonies were well done.  Mo Vaughn coming out the throw the first pitch then handing over to his 9 year old son (who promptly looked in like he was taking a sign) was great.  I was wondering if maybe we would get a Phoebe Remy appearance but no dice.  Given that this was Jackie Robinson Day Mo was an appropriate move.  That reminds me of something I didn’t like.  It’s a small thing and honoring Jackie is ALWAYS good so I’m too bothered but the players not wearing the regular uniforms with regular numbers on Opening Day feels off.  That said it looked like a few players were wearing some pretty nifty Jackie Robinson socks.  Austin Davis and Kiké Hernandez were definitely two of them.

There was also a drone zipping around the field during the ceremonies.  That was a bit weird but pretty cool also.  They occasionally showed the shots they were getting on the scoreboard and they were definitely impressive.

The game itself, well it was played and I think that’s the best I can say about that.  The Sox were sloppy in the field though it was a high sky, cloudless and bright and the wind looked to be blowing hard so some of the issues on balls in the air seemed at least understandable.  At the plate Raffy is hot, Xander looks lost and everyone else is just kind of doing their thing.

A few other notes:

- I was wearing my Mike Lowell jersey in honor of the 15th anniversary of the 2007 title.  It’s the home jersey so no name.  Before the game I went to the rest room and there was a family trying to do pictures.  It was mom, two kids (6 and 3ish) plus grandma and grandpa.  I jumped in and offered to take one of the group because I’m not a total dick.  I took a few shots, thank yous and no problems were exchanged and as I went to go away grandpa said “oh that’s a great jersey.”  I had a hunch given his age I was about to get a Tony C. reference but he took me aback when he said “their dad wears that number, Plawecki.”  I wasn’t expecting that one.

- Opening Day on a Friday during Lent sucks.  On the plus side, the Fenway pizza and peanuts are great.

- At least one of the two guys sitting next to me got up to replenish their beers every bleeping inning.  I was up and down more than the bullpen catcher.

- There was a review on the HBP of Gary Sanchez.  Side benefit of the umpire announcing to the field.  That’s kind of useless but now they don’t waste their time running over to the third base dugout to put on the headset.  That alone is a time saver.

- Pictures from the day at Fenway

Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 15, 2022 at 07:57 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Darren Posted: April 16, 2022 at 06:29 PM (#6072055)
I was there too buddy! My first opening day ever. I enjoyed all the pomp and circumstance, especially Mo Vaughn and his son throwing a rocket.

Cashless was fine but it was really weird that the vendors walking around accepted ONLY cash. They can't get those little readers?

Also if you're looking for meat free options, they had Ming Bing veggie burger things that were excellent.

As for the game, we got to see Raffy and Dougie go deep, so that was fun.
   2. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 16, 2022 at 06:36 PM (#6072060)
First one ever? That surprises me.

I was wondering if the vendors were cashless too. That's good to know. I loved see Mo's kid peer in for the sign. Kid was living it up out there.
   3. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: April 16, 2022 at 06:58 PM (#6072063)
If the vendors go cashless you wouldn't be able to pass money down the row. You'd have to get up out of your seat to pay.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: April 16, 2022 at 09:12 PM (#6072079)
Before the game I went to the rest room and there was a family trying to do pictures.
Not Fenway's most picturesque place, but OK
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: April 16, 2022 at 09:21 PM (#6072081)
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   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 16, 2022 at 11:13 PM (#6072105)
If the vendors go cashless you wouldn't be able to pass money down the row. You'd have to get up out of your seat to pay.
You could just pass your credit card down the row, or even easier, yell out your number to the vendor.
   7. Darren Posted: April 16, 2022 at 11:32 PM (#6072108)
You could just pass your credit card down the row, or even easier, yell out your number to the vendor.

Like when you're on the phone in an office and sitting your account number, ss#, pin, etc. into the receiver.


   8. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: April 17, 2022 at 08:50 AM (#6072124)
YC, it frightens me when we agree on something (Kershaw).
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: April 17, 2022 at 08:54 AM (#6072125)
It doesn't sound cashless if the walking vendors are cash-only
   10. Rough Carrigan Posted: April 17, 2022 at 11:55 AM (#6072157)
How do you give a tip to someone behind the counter who gives you good service if it's gone cashless?
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 17, 2022 at 12:34 PM (#6072162)
The places I’ve been to have a computer screen that swivels toward the customer and has a space to designate a percentage or custom amount as a tip. Similar when mobile ordering via the phone. Probably wouldn’t have many workers if there wasn’t a mechanism for tips.
   12. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 17, 2022 at 12:39 PM (#6072164)
I went to a few places for food on Friday, only one of them did the swivel thing. I assume that will get a bit more standard as the year goes on and employees get used to it.
   13. Darren Posted: April 17, 2022 at 12:52 PM (#6072166)
They all swiveled for me and made kind of a big point of pointing out that I needed to fill out the tip info to move forward. It was a little weird in that, normally, from what I've seen people throw a couple of dollars down on a large order or maybe 1-2 if it's one drink. But the default for the onscreen tip is in percentages, and though a 20 percent tip is quite a bit more than that, it felt cheap to select a lower percentage or custom tip.

Also, one guy still had a place where you could leave him dollar bills.
   14. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 18, 2022 at 02:42 PM (#6072396)
I honestly cannot remember the last time I bought something with cash. Is adding a tip onto a card payment something new for some of you?
   15. Nasty Nate Posted: April 18, 2022 at 03:45 PM (#6072411)
I honestly cannot remember the last time I bought something with cash. Is adding a tip onto a card payment something new for some of you?
FWIW, last year at Fenway the beer vendors' card readers did not have the option to tip. The workers naturally did not like that.

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