There’s no address in Boston more iconic than Yawkey Way. Home to the Boston Red Sox, to euphoria and heartbreak, to a nation of fans who treat players like family and see baseball as a rite of passage more than a pastime.
Nostalgia hits the moment you walk through the gates. If you close your eyes you can hear a hundred years of baseball history. This is Fenway Park. Home to everyone who has ever loved the Red Sox, host to legends, ghosts and, most recently, Kim and Tony Ramsay, the first fans to spend the night at the stadium through Airbnb.
“So when I’m coming here, I’m coming home. And it’s so comfortable and so welcoming and so full of ghosts. The ghost of Babe Ruth is here, and the ghost of Ted Williams and the ghosts of Nomar and Pedro and all those great players. They’re walking around here at night, and when you stay over here, you’re liable to be awakened by almost anyone,” said Dick Flavin, the Poet Laureate of Fenway and daytime public address announcer.
On September 2nd, Kim and Tony experienced what this old ballpark has to say first hand.
Kim grew up in Dorchester, a few miles south of Fenway. A lifelong Red Sox fan, she entered our contest for her retired father, Freddie, who recently turned 76. A bartender at the Baseball Tavern since the 1960’s, Freddie passed down his love of the Sox to Kim and her four siblings. “He was a fixture at the Baseball. Since he worked the bar for every game in Boston, he could never go to an actual game.”
Though Freddie was under the weather the day of the game, Kim shared the experience with her husband, Tony. They dedicated every moment to Freddie, showing their love throughout the day with a handmade sign and stories of his years as a Red Sox fan.
Their excitement was obvious as they walked through Kenmore Square. They were greeted at the famed Fenway Gates and led on a tour of the Park, past iconic images of Red Sox legends. “How can anything top this?” Tony said over and over while stopped at a photo of Luis Tiant.
But that was just beginning. It was time to experience Fenway as only a player can.
In the Home locker room, Kim and Tony suited up for the game and headed to the dugout where they met their host, Red Sox hero and World Series legend, Tim Wakefield. Tony and Kim struggled with the dancing knuckleballs during a game of catch, though they’re certainly not the first to misread one of Wakefield’s pitches. Wake walked the couple into the outfield and presented an up-close look at the famed Peski Pole. Back in the dugout, Wake told stories about the Monster, game day traditions and his journey to the big leagues, all against the backdrop of the Red Sox and Yankees warming up on the field.
The new Red Sox stars made it onto the field for pre-game interviews. Before the first pitch, the couple stepped inside the Green Monster to enjoy a view that will last a lifetime. They spent the 1st inning alongside Christian Elias, the Man in the Monster, who spends each game operating the scoreboard and entertaining the occasional rogue player during pitching changes.
“Fenway Park means so much to me personally and to everyone in Boston. I’ve spent probably more time here in the last 25 years than anywhere else in my life, so it’s become a home away from home” Christian told us.
After an energetic rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in the 7th, Kim and Tony’s voices were warmed up for the middle of the 8th, when they joined 35,000 of their friends for Fenway classic, “Sweet Caroline.” No game is complete, though, without a personal visit from mascot Wally, who stopped by to provide that extra special Fenway welcome.
Despite a Red Sox loss, Kim and Tony’s spirits were high. With the crowd headed home, it was check-in time. Kim took one look at the room and said, “This is one of the best days of my life.” They tossed their bags to the floor and rushed to the balcony to take in their view for the night: an empty Fenway under the lights, all theirs for this once-in-a-lifetime night.
Once settled, the couple enjoyed dinner on the right field wall. An emotional Kim told us how she’d always dreamed of an experience like this one. And finally, lights out, they were left with Dick Flavin’s wise words to fill the night:
“Look closely. You can see them all. They come here every day. Fenway was and is their home. It’s where their ghosts still play. And in the dugout by first base, There sits the current squad. Someday they will take their place With all the Fenway gods. That’s why this place is magic, Why she’s made such a mark. She’s a hundred plus and going strong. And long live Fenway Park!”
Kim and Tony woke up after a restful night’s sleep, energized and eager to watch the sunrise. Coffees in hand, the couple sat on their balcony overlooking right center field. The Jumbotron read “Good morning Kim and Tony.”
After breakfast on top of the Green Monster, Kim and Tony took an exclusive tour of Fenway Farms, the largest organic garden in town. Fueled by coffee and adrenaline, and equipped with a generous gift certificate, the couple went big during a spending spree in the Team Store. “Now I know how Kim Kardashian feels,” she said. After check out, Kim and Tony exchanged gifts with Fenway and Airbnb staff, showing appreciation for a sleepover they’ll never forget.
Fenway has been home to baseball greats, countless Hall of Famers, and generations of families and fans. This old brick building defines a city, provides hope and community to millions, and has witnessed some of the most memorable, definitive moments in baseball history. Through all of its storied past, though, only two fans can say they’ve ever slept a Night At Fenway Park. For Kim and Tony Ramsay, they’ll always have a special connection to this great ballpark and stories to share of the one time they had Fenway Park all to themselves.