Opening Day 2010

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Ahh! I absolutely loved Red Sox Opening Day! What a cool experience! :mrgreen: I’m so glad that my husband decided to take me! πŸ˜‰


I showed my Boston spirit by wearing my favorite Red Sox hat.



Before heading to the game, Mal and I grabbed a quick dinner at Sol Azteca, a Mexican restaurant located right down the street from Fenway Park.


Dinner started with complimentary chips and salsa.


I loved the salsa at Sol Azteca. It was incredibly fresh and flavorful, so (not surprisingly) it was really tough to control myself, but I didn’t overdo it either.

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Mal is always a fun dinner date! πŸ˜†



I was in the mood for Mexican food, but I wanted to try something new and different. I ended up ordering the Nopalitos en Salsa Verda, which was cactus cooked in green sauce with tortilla strips and cheese.


The meal sounded really interesting and potentially delicious, but I wasn’t a fan of it. I guess I made a bad menu choice. πŸ˜•


The cactus sort of reminded of pickled green beans and the tortilla strips were totally soggy. It was not at all what I expected. Boo.


I ended up eating all of the cheese off of the top with tortilla chips. It wasn’t the best meal, but it was fairly satisfying. Thankfully, Mal shared some of his rice and refried beans with me, too.


After dinner, it was time to head to the game! πŸ˜€


I loved seeing the crowd of people on Yawkey Way this evening. Everyone seemed so upbeat and excited for Opening Day– and, of course, Red Sox = summer to me! πŸ˜‰


The opening ceremonies were awesome! I’ve never seen anything like it.


As the Red Sox players were introduced, they walked down a red carpet onto the field.




Pedro Martinez threw out the first pitch, which was a really neat surprise for Red Sox fans. Also in attendance were 91-year-old Johnny Pesky, Steven Tyler, who sang God Bless America, and Neil Diamond, who sang Sweet Caroline. So many celebrities!



Midway through the game, Mal and I shared a bag of Cracker Jacks. Holy yum! I forgot how much I like Cracker Jacks. I already added them to my grocery list for this coming week.



The game went soooooo late tonight, but the Red Sox were able to pull off a win! YAY!!! What a great way to begin the season! :mrgreen:

Time for BED!



  1. Omg omg omg!! Do you have any Steven Tyler pictures??? I would seriously kill for them. No joke, I’ve loved him for most of my life!

  2. I saw them cook cactus on the Food Network once. It sounded so wierd to me but I guess it was because apparently it was no good! The game looks fun though. You look so cute and athletic in your hat πŸ™‚

  3. Yay baseball! I am an Indians fan, but I decided the Red Sox are my #2 because you guys got my favorite player, Victor Martinez. πŸ˜€ Looks like fun!!

  4. Sounds like fun! Baseball isn’t so popular up here in Canada (hello hockey!) but I remember when I was younger, a relative from the states sent me a Cardinal’s hat for my Birthday. That is about my only relation to baseball! I love watching the Vancouver Canucks though. πŸ™‚

  5. Ah looks looked like a fun night! So jealous, opening game?! Wow! But, what’s with cactus?? on the menu? Hah, never heard of it!!

  6. Ah looks looked like a fun night! So jealous, opening game?! Wow! But, what’s with cactus?? on the menu? Hah, never heard of it!

    ….Hope they won!

  7. YAY SOX! and they won too! one of my friends got tix she said it was such an amazing experience! I am so jealous that you got to go!! sol azteca is about a 5 min walk to my apartment yay!! πŸ™‚ I dont know about ordering cactus though….I do applaud you for trying something new!!

  8. Fun! We could hear the opening fireworks from our apartment, and the game was a good one.

    We actually went to Sol Azteca on Saturday with some friends, and LOVED it. The salsa is the best in the city, the sangria is delicious, and we all adored the food. Great spot for dinner!

  9. Awww, one of my favorite things in life is going to ball games. Though I’m not a huge fan of basball itself, I love the ballpark atmosphere. It’s a tradition every summer for my Dad and me. Looks like you two had a blast! And yes, Cracker Jacks are just rad.

  10. Yay for opening day!!! Love baseball season!

    Tina, I just wanted to tell you that I know you’ve been feeling a bit down lately with a little overindulgence, but honestly, you look sensational!!!! Truly, you look so healthy and happy and better than I have ever seen you. You are working so hard and doing amazing and I truly commend you for being honest and sharing that you have those days when you eat one too many brownies but that’s okay!!!!!!! Thank you for making living like this seem normal. I couldn’t be more proud of you.

    Take care always!

  11. How do you manage to look good in a baseball cap? I always look like a boy! Arlington is going crazy for baseball season starting today. The Ballpark is going to be packed but I’ll admit I’m not a big baseball fan as I am with football.

  12. how fun! i’ve never been, but it seems like the Red Sox are such a HUGE part of boston…that’s so fun you got to go on opening night! sorry about the bad menu choice…that sucks when that happens. but at least you’ll know for next time!

  13. So sad the nopales sucked- that’s one thing I miss dearly from living on the Tex-Mex border. They’re DELICIOUS when made right!

    And sorry, but… go Yankees πŸ˜‰

  14. I’m jealous! my hometown Blue Jays don’t play their home opener until the 12th, but I don’t think I can go this year (sad!) The start of Baseball season always makes me feel like summer is just around the corner, and I get as excited as a kid at Christmas the week before the opening game!! Glad you had a great time!!

  15. Yay I was at the game too! I had to leave early though because I was absolutely exhausted! Of course they were losing when I left and then I heard cheering as I walked out – go figure! I almost lost it when they announced that Steven Tyler was going to sing!

  16. I’m glad you had fun at the game! It was a really great game once the boys got into the swing of things and you had really great seats! I love baseball. I’m so glad it’s back! I’ve never been to Sol Azteca but I will keep your menu choice in mind as what NOT to get if I go. πŸ™‚

  17. Eeew, the cactus doesn’t look very tasty in that picture (looks like the canned kind?) I think it will probably taste better fresh, and not swimming in a greasy mess! If you ever have the chance, try cactus in a taco, you might end up liking it.

  18. I’m so jealous you went to the game! I did get to join in on the festivities @ the Cask n Flagon though. The atmosphere was incredible!! A fabulous way to start the season! πŸ™‚

  19. Ah, my old stomping grounds! These days we go to either AT&T Park or Network Associates (Oakland) Coliseum. But Fenway is still in my heart!

  20. Thank you for this glimpse into Americana! As an Aussie, my only experience with baseball is through Gene Kelly in the movie Take Me Out to the Ballgame. Which, coincidentally, mentions cracker jacks in the title song, of course!

    P.S. This is really weird to say, but you have amazing teeth! πŸ˜›

  21. So exciting you all got to go to opening day!!! Living in Indiana it may seem odd to be a Red Sox fan, but my boyfriend is an ultimate fan! We were definately watching last night!!

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