Jul 042010

Article #1 in the ESL Student Life Stories Project, by Cho from Korea, age 30.

Fenway Park

Cho at Fenway Park in Boston!

I seemed to fly to the sky and the moment was the best day in my life! All around me were fans in red tee-shirts, and the green field was so beautiful.  I was actually in Fenway Park watching the Boston Red Sox play the New York Yankees!

But shockingly, this magic moment was cut short when bad luck struck.

I am from Korea and I’m 30 years old.  I am a language school student in Boston, preparing to get a Ph.D in Physical Education.

I love watching baseball, and I also play it sometimes.  So for many, many years, my dream has been to see a Major League game in America.  I especially longed to see the Boston Red Sox play The New York Yankees at Fenway Park, the most historical baseball stadium in the United States!

In Korea, baseball is the number one most popular sport, but except for the Korean Championships, people can get tickets to games easily.  I knew that the Major League in America is different, however.  Getting tickets here is very difficult, and it is especially difficult to see Boston versus The Yankees.

Fenway Park

The excited crowds outside Fenway Park

One day, however, one of my housemates in Boston said to me, “Guess what?  I got eight tickets to see The Sox play The Yankees from the Auction Website!”

When I heard that, I gasped to myself: “I am getting my dream!”

The date came very fast.  My friend and I arrived at Fenway Park three hours early to sell our six extra tickets.  And it was here that the first piece of bad luck struck.

I thought that it would be very easy to sell the tickets because this was the most famous baseball game in the U.S.  However, it was not easy at all. There were a lot of other people who wanted to sell their tickets, too!

Fenway Park

The Red Sox prepare to play!

Getting desperate to find customers, I began shouting loudly, “I have tickets!  I have the cheapest tickets!”

Tragically, the people who passed me had no response.  After hours of hard and depressing effort, we sold the tickets at half the price we paid.

We told ourselves that it was okay because we were going to see Boston against New York, and we began walking inside. Now, this day was very cold, so I wore a jacket.  But despite the painfully chilly air, almost all the other people in Fenway Park wore only short sleeves.  It seemed like they were so excited about the game that they were actually hot!

We walked to our bleacher seats. From this bench, I could see famous baseball players such as Joshua Beckett, who is a Boston Red Sox pitcher!  The crowd around me began to chant, “LET’S GO RED SOX!” and sing, “Sweeeeeet Caroliiiine, bum, bum, BUM!”

Fenway Park, Boston

Boston's chilly air begins to be painful...

These sounds asked me, “Are you happy?  Have you at last achieved your dream?”

I answered to these sounds, “Yes, I am, and I have.” But at this moment the second piece of bad luck struck.

A strong, cold wind began to blow.  Trying to avoid the chill, I drank sweet and hot coffee, clinging close to its steam.  I started shivering anyway.  I tried to bear the cold.  I tried and tried to bear it… but it was so hard!  I could not be patient with the frigid air.  At last I stood up and cried out, “I must go home!”

After just one inning, I walked down the aisle to the exit.  I’ve never gone home while seeing a baseball game in Korea.  As I walked, I thought all the fans, players, and Fenway Park itself were glaring at me.  My dream was finished after just ten minutes.

I do not know whether I can have another chance to see a Fenway game or not.  But now I know: I must have patience to achieve my dream!

Lillie’s Note: Did you see that twist ending coming?  Cho brought our entire class into hysterical laughter when he presented this story aloud.  PLEASE leave him an encouraging (or gently indignant) comment, stating your geographical location. Cho put a lot of time into this article and our whole class eagerly awaits your replies!


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  25 Responses to “Cho’s Article: My Fenway Dream, Shattered!”

  1. Hi Joon!
    Even now I can feel your excitement at that day.
    So sorry about the ending of your first Fenway experience,
    but because of it we could expect the next time.
    I really want to go baseball game with you anytime soon.
    Let me know when you want to go.

  2. By looking at your picture at Fenway it looks like you got some good seats. Getting a good seat at Fenway Park is very hard and I know that first hand. It is even harder to get good seats in a game between the rival Yankees. It has to have been very expensive and having to leave after the 1st inning is sad. That is a tragic end to a dream come true. I was at Fenway Park during the pass week and I take it for granted to go to Fenway Park not thinking about all the other around the world who wants to go to Fenway Park. This just gives me more reasons to be proud of living in Boston.

  3. This is a really funny article actuallly. I still am wondering what he did with the money for selling the tickets. If I were him I would’ve bought some food and a red sox sweater! That way, I’d be warm and achieve my dreams of watching the Red Sox vs. The Yankee’s. Lesson definetly learned here, always bring a sweater or a coat to a baseball game:D.

  4. Fenway Park is an awesome place to be. I went to a game when they versed the Angels. They were $90 tickets and really close seats! Fenway Park is a great place to be during games. Remember to bring your jacket just in case next time!

  5. It sucks that going to see this baseball game was your dream and nature cut it short. :,( Don’t feel embarrassed I probably wouldn’t have been able to tough it out either.

  6. Don’t forget your warm clothes in October. We don’t have that problem here in Arizona. It is very hot outside during the entire baseball season. If you ever watch the Diamondbacks in Arizona, do not bring a jacket.

  7. Cho, sorry to hear your first Fenway experience was rough – quite a story! Next time, you might want to think about selling the tickets online – and bringing layers!

    -Dave from San Francisco (Lillie’s brother & diehard Sox fan)

    • I now know about the tickets better than before. So, next time, I will buy the tickets cheaper than before. I hope Boston Red Sox win the World Series. “Let’s go Red Sox”

  8. Greeeeeeeeeeeat Story Cho ….and good luck in your study (Ph.D)

    Mohamad ,Boston-USA

  9. Although you haven’t achieved your dream at the first try, there are other days to do it.. at least you learned a lesson. Anyway I really love the way you write, it’s really colorful and have its catchy twist at the end.


    • Thanks. Lillie who is my teacher in conversation class helped me a lot, so I could write easily and interestingly. Thank you for loving my article.

  10. Great story, Cho! I’ll never forget going to the World Series in 2000 and watching my beloved New York Mets take on the hated New York Yankees. I have never been so cold at a baseball game, nor have I ever been so happy. I was with my father and sister and we saw the only game that the Mets own in that series. Next time, bring a jacket. And don’t worry: Your memories can never be shivered away!

    • Thanks. Are you fan of New york Mets? Do you remember one Korean player who played the team between 1997.12~2006.01. His name is Jae Weong Seo. He is now playing Korean Baseball League, but his playing is not good. However, I like him. And I brought my jacket when I went to Fenway Park. So, you mean….Do I need more jackets? Yes, I got it. thank you so much.

  11. Hi Cho! I also didn’t expect the ending to your story! It was well written and I hope you continue to keep writing funny stories! I once saw the Red Sox vs. the Yankees at the old Yankee Stadium. I hope during that one inning you were rooting for the Yanks ;-D

    • How was the old yankee Stadium? What stadium do you like old or new? Please tell me about that. thank you for reading my article. have a good day or night.

  12. Hi, Cho. I didn’t expect the ending at all! Very funny. 🙂 Boston weather can be so unpredictable. I hope that you make it back to Fenway on a warmer day.

    Lori–Chicago, IL USA

    • I will try again. However, there is the game on Oct 1, 2010. I think it will be cold, won’t it?

  13. Hi Cho, greetings from an Australian in Bulgaria. Sorry to hear about your story. At least it will get funnier the older it gets. Boston Tricked me one late spring day by pretending to be winter so I know how cold it can get!

    • Do you know my feeling I said? Thank you so much. Some of my friends did not believe what I said about the chill in May in Boston.

  14. Cho! Congratulations! You have seen the most beautiful ballpark in the world! You must go back again on a warmer day and explore some more. Let me know next time you have some half priced tickets : )

    Kwabla – Connecticut, USA.

    • Thank you for reading the article. There is the game on Oct 1, 2010. I must wait about 3 months, but I am happy because I can see the game again.^^

  15. Hi Cho. I liked your story. We are celebrating July 4 by attending a Minor League baseball game tonight. This is not nearly as big a deal as attending that game in Fenway but for our community, it is a major event. I’ll be thinking of your story as the sun sets and the temperature drops. I’ll say, “thank-you Cho,” for remnding me to take a warm jacket.
    Mary Jane Murray tweets@ MaryJaneMurray

    • Keep those great comments coming! 🙂 And please state your geographical LOCATION so we can demonstrate the power of the internet to share our stories around the world!

    • I wanna know what baseball team you like? Please tell me about that. And don’t forget bring the jacket when you go to the Fenway Park between in March ~ in May.

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