Sidney Crosby said Sunday that the first time he attended a professional sporting event, it was at Fenway Park. His dad, Troy, said he's pretty sure that's right.
Crosby might be off on some of the details, so we'll leave out his account of the game. Hey, it was a long time ago.
But what matters is this: Crosby remembers being maybe 9 or 10 and going to a summer hockey tournament. His parents were driving him home to Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.
"We said we should stop and try to catch a baseball game," Crosby said.
They went to see the Boston Red Sox. Crosby remembers hanging around by the dugout at batting practice, wanting a souvenir from Fenway Park, asking for a ball and receiving one. His dad said he's pretty sure that's right, too.
"It was a pretty cool experience coming here at a young age," Crosby said.
It's pretty cool looking back now that Crosby will emerge from the dugout and lead the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Boston Bruins in the 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park on Monday.
The Penguins captain has done almost everything in his hockey career, but one of the few things he hasn't done is play in a baseball stadium. Each of his previous five NHL outdoor games came in a football venue.