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October 23, 2021

It’s always sad when baseball season ends, but overall this season well exceeded my expectations. When the season started, and ballparks were at limited capacity, I wondered if they’d even be able to play a full season before having to shut down again. It was so exciting to be able to get to an early April game, after not being at Fenway for a year and a half. Even though they lost that first game, it felt so good to be back “home.”

And then we were treated to a season full of entertaining wins, dramatic comebacks, home run cart rides, and raucous Fenway crowds. As we welcomed back our returning stars, new fan favorites were born. We got to know newcomers Kiké Hernandez, Hunter Renfroe, and Kyle Schwarber. We watched rookies Garrett Whitlock, Tanner Houck, and Bobby Dalbec make meaningful contributions. We were reunited with old friends Travis Shaw, José Iglesias, and Chris Sale.

The chase for the playoffs came down to the wire, but the Red Sox made the cut – then knocked out the hated Yankees and the 100-win Rays, and came within two games of the World Series. But most importantly, baseball became fun again. And with their run lasting late into October, that means it’s only a little over three months until Truck Day.

At home in our socially-distant “pod” for the second game of the year.

Kiké Hernandez and Kyle Schwarber celebrate after a home run in ALDS Game 3.

A nearly-full house on July 10 against the Phillies.
In the shade of the grandstand on a hot July afternoon.
Bobby Dalbec got a curtain call after his two homer night on August 26.
I ended up making it to 19 games, including two during their improbable but electric postseason run.
Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers continued to lead the team.
We got to see three walkoff wins in person, including Christian Vazquez’s 13th inning home run to end a thrilling ALDS Game 3.
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