A day in Boston: From the Garden to Fenway and back


A day in Boston: From the Garden to Fenway and back

It's a big sporting day in Boston: Bruins-Caps playoff game at TD Garden and Red Sox-Yankees at Fenway. Jessica Camerato may be the only person in town who's attending both. Here's her report:

12:00pm: Arrived at stop 1 for the day: Fenway Park for Red Sox - Yankees.

Before we start, alittle background info: I cover the Boston Celtics as my main beat but I actually got my start in Boston sports in 2005 as a PA for the Red Sox Spanish Radio Broadcast. Over the years I have continued covering the team while spending most of my time with the C's. Later on today I will be going to the Bruins - Capitals playoff game at TD Garden. One of the silver linings of the NBA lockout was that I got the opportunity to cover NHL hockey for the first time before the hoops season started back up. That's the great thing about working in Boston -- seems like there is always an exciting team to cover.

But back to Fenway -- picked up my media credential and now I'm settling into the press box. There are four rows of elevated seats overlooking home plate with glass windows. This is where the reporters and media relations staff watch the game from. There is an additional work space in the back with TV screens, which is usually occupied during big games when there is a media overflow.

The field is empty for now and players will be coming out shortly to get ready for the game. The clubhouse opens at 12:30 (three-and-a-half hours before a game, unlike the NBA which is an-hour-and-a-half), so it's time to head downstairs. Talk to you in a bit ...

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”