Twelve year old Underhill native Grace Pontius supports her Sox in good times and bad. She loves her team and its 100 year old home. Grace recently won an essay contest on what Fenway Park means to her. Saturday, Grace spent the day at Fenway, taking a tour of the site she loves so much.
Here's her contest-winning essay:
"100 years! Fenway, the stadium of all stadiums. Drive up, see that Citgo sign, the lights, then Yawkey Way. Enter the gates, run up the ramp, slowly I see … Green, green everywhere! The field, the Green Monster, so unique and formidable! What's not to love about the place? I arrive two hours beforehand waiting for those big doors to open. Hands shaking with excitement, I'm trying not to drop my ticket.
'We have to be the first in. We need to be the first to our section so we can get a ball!' Get a ball. That's all I think about, get a ball. Unfortunately many others are thinking that too. It makes it fun … trying to wrestle through the crowd, run up the ramp, and up the stairs to my row. I put my stuff down, and run to the closest place next to the warning track, ready to catch any ball that comes my way.
Batting practice, it's my best chance to take home a real souvenir. Whether it's a boo, a cheer, or something inappropriate my mom wishes I didn't hear, sitting down or standing up, the crowd makes the stadium hum with a constant buzz. You feel it through your whole body. I feel like even my small voice matters.
Every play, every call, the fans are always yelling. Whether it's a boo, a cheer, or something inappropriate my mom wishes I didn't hear, sitting down or standing up, the crowd makes the stadium hum with a constant buzz. You feel it through your whole body. I feel like even my small voice matters. Every yell you make, the players will hear. After all, you're on top of them!
Yeah, we fans can be crazy. But that's part of the game. Does any other team have as many fans? Does any other team have as many people for something like Red Sox Nation? I don't know. But I do know that Fenway is a part of what makes it so special, one of America's treasures … one that can never be replaced! When I come to Fenway, I'm not just there to watch, I'm there to make a difference in the game...to yell and cheer.
I am proud to say I am a Red Sox fan. I am proud to say we have Pedroia. ... But what am I most proud to say? We have Fenway. The park is not the only thing famous. It's the players, the community and most important, us. There's a reason Fenway has been around 100 years and there's a reason it will never go. The fact that the Green Monster has been around for 100 years, that Williams and Rice, Ortiz and Pedroia hit homeruns over it. And for 100 years, people have hit the green Monster making the banking noise. Fenway means everything to me."
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