The place John Updike once called a "lyric little bandbox of a ballpark" provides what many baseball minds call the best viewing experience in all of sports. Idiosyncrasies reign: from the Green Monster (now complete with seats), to the Pesky Pole, to the center-field Triangle, Fenway is unlike any venue in the world. You probably won't get to sit in the lone red seat in right field (Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21) -- a chair commemorating Ted Williams' famous 502-foot homer -- but any seat will be good enough. Just leave your Yankees cap at home.
You might know the A's as the team Freddie Prinze Jr. played for in the epic Summer Catch. But Hollywood cheese aside, Chatham is worth a stop, whether you want to take in a romantic sunset on the Chatham beach like Freddie, have a few beers at the Squire, or take in some of the best collegiate talent in the country's most prestigious summer wood-bat league. The A's have a decorated alumni list that includes Jeff Bagwell (Hartford), Mike Lowell (Florida International), Jason Bay (Gonzaga), and Brian Roberts (South Carolina). As for tickets, you don't need 'em: admission is free.
Your first stop heading east on the Cape should be Wareham, on Buzzard's Bay -- it's the former summer stomping grounds of pro stars such as Lance Berkman (Rice) and Barry Zito (USC). Such talent is not atypical for the Gatemen, either: In this year's MLB draft, 17 of its former players were selected, including first-rounder Daniel Bard of College World Series runner-up North Carolina.
1. If you're in Boston taking in the Red Sox, don't settle for the usual stadium fare. The city's historic North End is just a T ride away, and is famous for its 100 or so restaurants, all of them packed into a neighborhood roughly one-third of a square mile. Go to Mike's Pastry for the famous cannoli, and if you're unsure of what to get for dinner, you can't go wrong with Italian cuisine. Oh, and if the Sox end up with another 19-inning defeat? Don't worry: Salem Street's notable Bova Bakery is open 24 hours a day, all year round.
2. After taking in the college kids in in the Cape, explore beyond the ballparks. Vacationing at Cape Cod is a classic New England pastime. Walk to the beach, play some wiffleball, eat seafood, and take in the sights. Northeastern summers don't get any better.
3. If it's good enough for celebrating the first Red Sox World Series in 86 years, it's good enough for you. The patented Boston Duck Tour will show you Boston in 80 minutes, driving down Newbury Street and then navigating the waters of the Charles River, from which you'll also see Cambridge. Get your tickets early: sellouts during the summer are frequent.