It's with great sadness I learned this week that a fine lady I met a few years ago passed away. Her name was Carole Montague and she was the mother of Eric Montague who worked here about a dozen years ago and who to this day remains a friend.
This blog from May of 2008 tells the story of meeting her for the first time. This story has not left my mind since I found out about Mrs. Montague's death.
My sympathies and prayers go out to E-Mont and his family.
It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This
It all started several months ago. I saw the Brewers '08 schedule for the first time and circled the interleague series at Fenway Park in Boston on my calander. I e-mailed a friend who lives out there, Eric Montague, who you may remember. He was a reporter and anchor here about 10-years ago. Now, he's back in Boston, where he's originally from. And I asked jokingly if he could get us tickets on the "Green Monster." For those who aren't sports fans, that the big green wall that in left field in Fenway Park which has highly coveted seats on top.
E-mont, as we call him, e-mailed back and said he couldn't get us "Green Monster" tix, but had a friend has box seat tickets behind the visitors dugout on the third base line. I said "GO FOR IT!" and booked the flight to Boston for the weekend. (Luckily, that was before the price of fuel went through the roof and it wasn't too expensive)
So, the big trip was last weekend. And a big trip it was!
The tickets were not only on the third base line, there were in the front row! (not the Bob Uecker front row, but the real front row!) E-mont also wrangled us a tour that included passes to be on the field during batting practice. I was only about 10-feet away from Rickie Weeks, Jason Kendall, Prince Fielder, JJ Hardy and Bill Hall as they were warming up! And at that very moment I reverted from a 40-something year old man to a 12-year old boy again. All these players who are younger than me became "Mr. So-and-So" can I get your autograph? (JJ Hardy, Bill Hall and David Riske are the ones who said yes by the way) As a bonus for someone who's an absolute geek about his yard, that Fenway Park grass was magnificant.
The Brewers lost, but I pretty much expected them to, so it wasn't so bad. (from what Ryan Braun said, it sounds like the Brewers themselves expected to lose as well, but that's beside the point)
Bottom line is, I got to spend time with a long time friend who I don't get to see much. Got closer to his wife and got to know his daughter and his mom. (By the way she says if I make Boston my favorite American League team, the Brewers will be her favorite in the National League. And it's a deal!) I also got as close as I'll ever get to being a part of my favorite baseball team (they frustrate the heck out of me but they're my favorite team). And got to see a game at one of America's best sports venues. For a sports fan, it doesn't get much better than that.
Now, I hope this doesn't bore you to tears, but here are some pics from the big weekend!
An outside view of Fenway Park, "Green Monster" side.
A side view of "The Green Monster"
The view FROM "The Green Monster."
This is E-mont and me in front of the sign painted to commemorate Fenway's first big remodeling project, in 1934. It was built in 1912.
"Big Poppi" from the Red Sox comes to say hi to Prince Fielder, Bill Hall and Mike Cameron during warm-ups.
Bill Hall signs my baseball.
The Brewers new team leader, Ryan Braun warming up. And yea, that's taken from my seat.