Red Sox fans may have spent decades of sleepless nights over their team, but one lucky fan and a friend may spend a surreal night in the Valhalla of their dreams: a sleepover at Fenway Park.
Former BoSox pitching great Curt Schilling teams with Airbnb to offer the ultimate evening at the ballpark: playing catch with Schilling on the field and sharing Schilling’s BoSox experiences before the Red Sox-Yankees September 2 battle, observing the game from inside the Green Monster, moving to front-row seats to watch more of the game with legendary BoSox hurler Luis Tiant, munching post-game on top of the right-field deck, garnering a custom uniform, shopping with found money in the team’s merchandise outlet in the park, and, last but not least, sleeping in one of the park’s suites.
The following morning? Breakfast on top of the Green Monster.
Schilling pointed out, “There are very few things that you can do anymore and say no one in the world has ever done this. This is one of those things.” He joked that a die-hard BoSox fan would “give away their first born” for the experience.
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Schilling and Airbrib may have been inspired by an April 2014 impromptu sleepover at Fenway held by Clay Buchholz, Mike Napoli, and John Lackey. They followed the Red Sox 6-5 comeback victory over the Baltimore Orioles that ended at 10:41 p.m. by sleeping in a room directly over the clubhouse rather than fighting traffic going home. The players faced a game scheduled for 11:09 a.m. the next day, which was the date of the Boston Marathon.
Napoli joked about the bunk-bed sleeping accommodations, “I took the bottom. I had Lackey above me and that scared me a little bit — that he was going to fall through.’’
The extra rest helped Napoli, who hit his fourth homer of the year, but seemed to hurt Buchholz, who gave up six runs in the third inning.