Shit Happens…

In Blog, Hustle Podcast by Eric Byrnes

As I was writing yesterday’s Fenway Park inspired #DailyHustle, “Nooks & Crannies,”  I realized one thing… 

A LOT of shit has gone down in that ballpark.

As soon as the outfield demo was done, I climbed up to the seats above the green monster and took in the amazing view right in front of the foul pole that Carlton Fisk hit with the ball he willed fair in 1975 to send the Sox to the World Series… 

While up there, I began meditating on all of the historical iconic moments that have happened in that ballpark, including many personal experiences good, bad & ugly) that I will be forever grateful for… 

I thought about the history of the iconic park and the LEGENDS that have played there… 

I thought about going to Fenway for the first time with my Cape Cod team in 1995 and sitting in centerfield… 

I thought about my first at bat there a few years later, a triple off the top of the centerfield wall. 

I thought about getting clipped by Jason Varitek, missing home plate, and potentially costing us the game and series… 

I thought about the ball I hit down the right field line with the bases loaded in game 4 that appeared to go through Pesky’s Pole… The potential grand slam was called foul. 

I thought about the go ahead homer I hit in the top of the 9th with 2 outs off Keith Faulk in 2005… 

I thought about the TANK I sent over Landsdowne St. after a 10 pitch battle with Curt Schilling… 

I thought about a few incredible catches I was fortunate to make in the outfield, and a few more I wasn’t… 

I thought about taking my kids to Fenway for the first time in 2016 and sitting in the exact same monster seats I was now standing above… 

I thought about them stuffing their face with cotton candy then all 3 dancing on the Jumbotron… 

I thought about the outfield demo I did that day and how I hoped baseball fans at home would be able see Fenway Park in a way they have never experienced before… 

I then thought about how lucky I was to have experienced so much at such an iconic, quirky, beautiful ballpark… 

In life, we will always celebrate our successes and the arenas in which they happened, yet very few of us will ever come to grips with our failures. We will try to bury them and the ballparks in which they happened… Yet, it’s these failures and these places that we need to be grateful for because they are the very things that challenged the inner depths of our souls and taught us how to deal with adversity and charge the f*ck on… 

So… 

To Fenway Park, just want to say thanks for EVERYTHING, good, bad & ugly. 🙏

-EB