Take me out to the ball game

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

Road trips are best ex­pe­ri­enced with a group of close friends. It makes the tunes sweeter and the sto­ries larger. If you’re base­ball fan, it is even bet­ter when the road trip leads to watch­ing your favourite team against one of their di­vi­sional ri­vals.

That’s ex­actly what a group of friends from the Conception Bay North re­gion did Labour Day week­end when they drove from Saint John, N.B., to Bos­ton for a week­end set be­tween the Toronto Blue Jays and the Bos­ton Red Sox.

Gar­rett Mercer, Aaron Stephen­son, Andy Bishop, Jeremy Par­sons and Daniel Par­sons met up in Saint John be­fore head­ing south. Mercer moved to the city some months ago. Stephen­son lives in Al­berta and flew in for the trip, while the other three took a plane to Hal­i­fax be­fore head­ing to Saint John by car.

You could call it an At­lantic Cana­dian ver­sion of Stand By Me, but with a ball game at the end in­stead of dead body.

“Most of the drive, we were just catch­ing up,” said Bishop. “We hadn’t seen each other in awhile.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Five friends from New­found­land re­cently went on a road trip to see the Toronto Blue Jays play the Bos­ton Red Sox at Fen­way Park in Bos­ton. They are, from left, Aaron Stephen­son, Daniel Par­sons, Jeremy Par­sons, Gar­rett Mercer and Andy Bishop.

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