David “Doc” Davis couldn’t have asked for a better place to celebrate his 80th birthday than on the field at Fenway Park.
So there he was in early June playing 12 innings at the beloved ballfield.
Davis and his Boston Red Sox fantasy camp teammates were invited to Fenway on June 9 to claim their championship rings prior to the home team’s game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
For a number of years, the Elm Street resident has taken part in the Boston Red Sox franchise’s annual fantasy camp, which brings dozens of fans to the team’s spring training facilities in Florida over the winter and pairs them with Sox legends for an all-around baseball experience.
Davis’ team took the fantasy title this year, earning the roster a trip to Fenway.
The day after receiving their rings, as the Red Sox began a road stretch, Davis and his fantasy camp teammates returned to Fenway for a set of reunion games.
In the final game of the afternoon, Davis said he made a pivotal decision that ultimately helped his team win the game.
After getting drilled by a ball that ran high and inside in the top half of the final inning, Davis was on first when his son, Ian Davis, sent a ball to the outfield for a single.
The hit got the elder Davis running for second. But he didn’t stop there.
“They figured an 80-year-old couldn’t stretch it out,” he said.
They were wrong. Davis “turned on the wheels” and got to third. The next batter sent another ball to the outfield, bringing Davis home as the winning run.
“We just had a blast,” he said.