Picnic in Fenway Park
FIELD OF DREAMS “Awesome,” said 80-year-old Sox fan Mel Saftler as he walked on the outfield grass at Fenway with his son, Chuck, a BU grad who’s senior VP of programming for the FX Networks. “Awesomely unbelievable.” He was talking about the Red Sox Wives Picnic in the Park, which let diehards like him not only stroll around the field, but also meet and mingle with their heroes. When Nomar Garciaparra signed Saftler’s Louisville Slugger, the old man could hardly believe his eyes. (In all, the event raised close to $200,000 for Jane Doe Inc., a nonprofit that combats domestic violence.) One wealthy fan ponied up $5,000 for a private pitching lesson from Curt Schilling, another bid $1,900 for guitar tutoring from pitcher Bronson Arroyo, and a third coughed up $20,000 for a hand-crafted quilt signed by the 2004 BoSox team. Musical entertainment was provided by Flipside, the Boston band that serenaded Suzy Wetlaufer and Jack Welch at their wedding as well as “Survivor” Elisabeth Filarski and her signal-caller, Tim Hasselbeck, on their big day.