Red Sox Baseball, Day Of Relaxation As Stanford Women's Volleyball Team Continues Road Trip To East Coast

Sept. 4, 2005

Boston, Ma - Dreams do come true.

Just ask Stanford junior volleyball player Jennifer Wilson. Wilson is a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan, and one of her dreams was to attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. That dream came true on Sunday afternoon as she and three other players, coaches and staff watched the defending world champion Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles, 5-1.

'This a great day,' said Wilson, an outside hitter on the nationally-ranked Cardinal team. 'I saw the Red Sox win, David Wells pitched a complete game, and I was with a great group of friends from Stanford.'

The Stanford contingent arrived at Fenway Park around noon, a good two hours before the first pitch on a perfect day for baseball. That gave Wilson and the others a chance to buy some souvenoirs for family and friends back home.

'I think I spent more than $100, but what fun to visit such a historic place like Fenway Park,' said Wilson, who also took more than 50 pictures with her digital camera.

Yawkey Avenue, which is located adjacent to Fenway Park, is alive with Red Sox baseball before a game. It seems like every fan is wearing a Red Sox jersey or t-shirt. The Hot Tamale Brass Band rocks with some great music, and the sidewalk restaurants will sell you all kinds of great food. One of the more popular spots is El Tiante, which sells a popular Cuban sandwich. On this Sunday, Jim Rice, the former Red Sox slugger, is being interviewed by a local television station, and afterwards, gladly signs autographs for Red Sox fans.

Wilson, who has helped the Cardinal to a 4-1 record this year and a number three national ranking, will overwhelm you with her great knowledge of Boston Red Sox baseball. Wilson reminds you that she wears the same uniform number (#9) as the great Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams; and that catcher Jason Varitek is one of only four captains in the history of Red Sox baseball. Wilson also will give you a scouting report on every Boston player on the active roster.

Sunday was a great day for Red Sox baseball. Wells pitched quite possibly his best game of the season, John Olerud hit a three-run homer in a five-run fifth inning, and a sellout crowd of nearly 36,000 fans stayed from the first pitch to the last.

'What a great day for Red Sox baseball,' said Wilson, who applauded the great play of the Red Sox throughout the afternoon.

Other members of the team did some extensive shopping in downtown Boston while head coach John Dunning and his wife, Julie, walked around the historic city of Boston, including a long walk along the Freedom Trail.

Monday afternoon, it will be back to business as the team leaves the Boston area to bus to Durham, New Hampshire. The Cardinal will practice on Monday afternoon, enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Maine, play New Hampshire on Tuesday night, and then travel to Colorado on Wednesday. The Cardinal will compete in the Colorado Invitational on Sept. 8-10.

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