The Little Red Umbrella Goes To The World Series

Making it to The Fall Classic is a dream of every major league baseball player, and also of every baseball fan. We were lucky enough to get tickets to Games 1 & 2 of the World Series in Boston this year, knocking two things off our baseball to-do list: a visit to Fenway, and a trip to the World Series. Combining the two made for an overwhelmingly awesome experience, as we took in the zany crowds, beautiful ballpark and delicious craft beers served at concession stands.

We also took some time to wander around downtown Boston, and packed in visits to the Boston Public Garden, the bar where exterior shots were taken for Cheers (and where nobody knew our name), and stumbled across some historic buildings and cemeteries along the way.

The crowd on the closed street outside of Fenway Park prior to the game:

Fenway Park first opened in 1912, the oldest stadium in baseball:

An old Red Sox sign on brick near the Big Concourse, a section with lots of picnic tables, and food and drinks vendors.

This is what World Series tickets look like!

Stadium lights, excited fans:

A concession stand, one of many featuring local craft brews. The Green Monsta was quite delicious:

The hands of Hall of Famer Wade Boggs:

Super-famous Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yaztremski throwing out the ceremonial first pitch:

Super-famous Orioles and Reds Hall of Famer Frank Robinson delivering the game ball:

Former Blue Jays shortstop John MacDonald (right) with pitcher Clay Buchholz (left):

Deserted street outside Fenway while the game was in progress:

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia:

Cardinals pitcher John Axford, from Port Dover, Ontario, striking out the side:

The Red Sox took game one, but St. Louis would win Game Two 4-2:

In Boston, even George Washington is a Red Sox fan. Fear the beard:

Cheers on Beacon Street, where all exterior shots for the show were taken:

The Granary Burial Ground, founded in 1660, where Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and John Hancock are all buried:

The Old State House was built in 1713 and housed the Massachusetts legislature before the Revolution, with the British lion and the Scottish unicorn:

Autumn colours in the Boston Public Garden:


Laurie McGregor is a Toronto-based dilettante and Editor-At-Large of the Little Red Umbrella. She is the co-founder of The Holy Oak Book Club, a sort-of monthly reading series in Toronto, and seating engineer and curator for Trampoline Hall, a very excellent monthly lecture series. She likes books, soft things, baking, unicorns, robots and has an unnatural love of vending machines. You can find her posts here and email her at


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