By: Donny Porcaro
Opening Day is known to be a day where dreams turn to reality. Players, who work their whole life to get to the Major Leagues get to run out on the field with their name announced, finally getting to live their dream. Young kids from all over get to witness the spectacle with a hot dog in hand as they admire their favorite players. There is something really beautiful about opening day baseball. However, for one fan there was an even bigger dream. Lucas V. (For privacy purposes we will not use his last name) is a lifelong Red Sox fan who shared this same dream. I was able to get an interview with Lucas who explained his story and what gave him the motivation to run out on the field.
Imagine running across Fenway Park in a Red Sox jersey as the crowd cheers you on. Being able to look up at the Green Monster as fans with B’s on their hats and “Red Sox” on their shirts yell for you to keep running. Diving on the outfield grass as you get up with a stain on your jersey. The Crowd now gives you a standing ovation for your effort and dedication. It seems like every baseball fan's biggest dream. Well, Lucas was able to say he lived out this dream. Unfortunately, he was not a player, but rather a fan. A fan who was determined to add this feat to his bucket list.
It was almost a year ago today. Lucas was sitting down watching a video of a Red Sox game when he noticed something most fans rarely ever see. A fan was running across Fenway as the fans cheered, bringing life to a crowd that was quite calm before the event. Inspired by these events, he was determined to do the same.
Through the first six innings of the game, Lucas enjoyed himself on a beautiful opening day in Boston. It was a family trip to the ballpark as his parents were at the game as well. What happened the next inning, turned this family trip to Fenway upside down. Without any warning to his parents, Lucas hoped over the fence two rows from the right field foul pole and began his journey across the outfield. “With everyone cheering and screaming it was hard to even remember it” explained Lucas on his journey through the MLB’s most historic outfield. “The only thing I really remember is everyone videotaping me.” Even from center field, it wasn't hard for him to see all of the phones out recording his run. After he was brought down, social media exploded with pictures and videos from the event. Lucas made it all the way to left field in the process of recording his own video with his phone in-hand before being tackled by multiple Fenway Park security guards. As he was brought down, the phone flew out of his hands but still managed to continue to record. Lucas confirmed his video lasted 45 seconds but “felt much longer than that.”
After being tackled to the ground, Lucas was brought to his feet by security. He received a standing ovation by the Fenway faithful for his efforts, and his phone left with a saved video, and no scratches. After being taken inside the depths on Fenway Park, Lucas faced the scariest part of the journey. Two very angry parents in disbelief of their son hopping the fence of Fenway Park. Instead of getting brought to the Police Station, he was released to his parents. Some kids might find this as an even worse punishment. As for the rest of the season, Lucas is still waiting for the full consequences. But it is a safe bet to say we will not find him running across Fenway Park this year anytime soon.
Photo: (USA Today)