Growing up in the Dominican Republic, baseball was a part of my everyday life. A country that exports hundreds of baseball players to the Major Leagues takes the sport seriously, as kids grow up with the hopes and dreams of one day becoming a player for any of the MLB™ teams. Walking through the streets back home, every corner is a group of young boys playing with makeshift bats and aluminum foil balls, practicing, yearning, dreaming.
Our Dad took us to baseball games early on and we saw some players grow to become some of the best players in the league, like Pedro Martinez. So when the Sheraton Boston Hotel invited me to stay overnight at their hotel and experience a baseball game in one of America’s Favorite Ballpark, Fenway, I couldn’t say no. Specially since it was a Red Sox versus Yankees game!
This collaboration between Sheraton and MLB makes incredible sense, because Sheraton is the Official Hotel of Major League Baseball! Through baseball season, all hotel guests can enjoy complimentary access to MLB.TV and MLB Network within their guest rooms.
One of the tastiest parts about the Sheraton Boston’s partnership with MLB is the ballpark-inspired Paired menu at SideBar (available to guests and the public!) The culinary team there has recreated classic stadium snacks into elevated treats paired with wine or beer, bringing guests an experience unlike any other. Plus, when you book the package, you get 20% off food and beverage (excluding alcohol) here! Some of my favorite pairings are featured above:
- in-house baked pretzels served with bacon jam and local honey from their own rooftop bees;
- classic buffalo wings served with THE best blue cheese dressing I’ve ever tasted;
- stone baked flatbread pizza, very fresh and light;
- bbq pork shanks with pickled onions
Attending the game was the funnest part – in big part because the Red Sox won! But if you’re a die hard baseball fan, I recommend visiting Boston for an experience unlike any other. Make sure to tour Fenway before your game, it’s a fun tour filled with lots of great insight and facts that you might not know about your favorite ballpark and team. Another thing to check out is The Sports Museum at TD Garden, where they celebrate the character of Boston sports — the unique brand of teamwork, determination, responsibility, courage, fairness, and other qualities of character possessed by our teams and athletes that make Boston “The Greatest Sports City in America.” Basically, plan your next visit to Boston before the season is over and watch the Red Sox hit it out of the park, dine on some elevated stadium eats, and dream the baseball dreams at Sheraton Boston. Make sure to sign up for heir Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) Loyalty Program, also the official loyalty program of Major League Baseball!
Sheraton launched a five-part video series to spotlight MLB Rivalry Games this season. As part, they’ve enlisted the help of “rival” athletes to visit the opposing hometowns and share why they love the city (best places to eat, drink and visit). Bernie Williams of the Yankees visited Boston to kick off the series, and his video, the first one in the series, launched recently – watch the video here!
The video series is hosted by Jessican Mendoza, and other upcoming athletes include baseball stars Matt Carpenter, Billy Butler and Brandon Belt. Sheraton is also giving fans a chance to experience the content series in real life for the “Ultimate Summer of Baseball” through the Rival Town Rundowns Contest. Enter online by sharing your favorite baseball story and adding a photo or video. Winner receives airfare, hotels and tickets to the following games:
- ST. LOUIS @ CHICAGO, AUG. 13, 2016
- SAN FRANCISCO @ LOS ANGELES, AUG. 25, 2016
- NEW YORK @ BOSTON, SEPT. 17, 2016
- NEW YORK @ TORONTO, SEPT. 24, 2016
- OAKLAND @ SEATTLE, OCT. 1, 2016
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Sheraton Boston Hotel and in exchange for accommodations, I’m sharing this experience. Opinions and my love for the Red Sox are 100% my own.