JetBlue Park finally opened to host a game between the Boston Red Sox and Northeastern Huskies on March 3, 2012. It was a beautiful day. John Lester threw the first pitch ever thrown at JetBlue. Dustin Pedroia recorded the first hit into a screen about 2/3 of the way up the Fenway Park South Green Monster which a good percentage of the fans thought was a home run. The screen was not visible from where I was sitting on the third base side. We were caught by surprise as the ball bounced back into the field of play.
Two of the cutest Hooters Girls were on hand to greet customers and invite those in attendance to stop by and have a free 23 oz ice-cold beer after the game. Sunshine and smiles where everywhere.(see the slide show for two of the prettiest smiles you will ever see) Thanks girls!
Sox ownership can take pride in the new ballpark. The seats are bigger than Fenway North and the park itself looked pristine. Every fan I spoke with was complimentary of JetBlue. Kudo’s to every one involved with building a magnificent winter home for the Sox. There was also plenty of parking and courtesy shuttles for those who found the walking to be too much to handle. The shuttles were a great idea even if they were in short supply. In fairness to the Red Sox, it was the first game.
On the downside, it was a shame nine dollars was the ante to park a car. The cheapest ticket is five dollars and parking is nine dollars. Think about that. Ben Mondor, bless him, was one of a kind. Parking was always free on McCoy Stadium grounds, home of the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox. Inside JetBlue, a bottle of water on a hot Florida day, will set you back $3.75 or about the cost of a 32 pack of some bottled water brands. In the end it was a small price to pay for an enjoyable day.
Our group discussed what a thrill it must have been for the Northeastern players and their families to participate in the first game ever played at JetBlue. The team picture was taken in front of the Green Monster. Smiles everywhere that will last a lifetime. Certainly good PR for the Red Sox. The score was a bit lopsided at 25-0; but, who cares? Everyone had a great day, including the fans!
For those of you considering a second home in paradise, I’ve included links to four highly sought after Fort Myers, Florida communities that are located within minutes of JetBlue Park and offer outstanding amenities. You can view photos and read about them on my website by clicking the links below or please don’t hesitate to contact me by clicking here. All of the developments below are rich in amenities, have guarded entries, offer great rental opportunities and are about ten minutes away from the SW Florida Airport.
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