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Note: Yahoo! Sports baseball writer Gordon Edes was at Fenway Park on Monday morning for the annual Patriots' Day game. While walking around the area, he snapped pictures of a few celebrants and wrote down a few of their stories. Here's what Gordon wrote and collected:

Sean Calman and his son, Liam, were among the first in the stands at Fenway when the gates opened at 9 a.m. Hailing from Belchertown in western Mass., the father-son duo left at 7 a.m. make sure they'd make it into Boston on time for the Orioles-Red Sox game.

"We weren't sure what kind of traffic we'd run into," Sean said.

Meanwhile, Liam was eating fruit from a little container for his breakfast.

"It was either that or a $5 footlong," Sean added.

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Teri Ferster was among one of the first people to grab a spot to watch the Boston Marathon runners as they entered Kenmore Square for the last mile of the race. She's from Mechanicsburg, Pa., and her husband, Michael, was running in the Marathon for the third time. She said that last time he ran it with a time of 3:28 and that he just turned 50.

"He told me to sit near the Citgo sign,'' she said. "Because that's something the runners can see and lets them know they're coming to the end.''

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This is Jack McCarthy of Marstons Mills, Mass., which is on Cape Cod. He was one of the first to buy an Italian sausage loaded with peppers at 9 a.m. and didn't see anything wrong with such an early gastrointestinal-challenging purchase.

"No problem," he said. "I've been coming to Patriots' Day games for the last 29 years."

McCarthy said he left home at 6:30 a.m. to get to Fenway with ... 

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... his buddy and brother-in-law, Tony Resendes, who was in charge of purchasing beer. 

"Part of the deal when I married his sister is that he would take me to the ballgame," Resendes said. 

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Here's Staff Sgt. Carrie Richardson (left) and Airman First Class Nicole Barajas from Norwalk, Calif. Both are stationed at Hanscom Airforce Base in Lexington, Mass., and were part of the flag detail that took part in pregame ceremonies. This was Carrie's first time to Fenway — "I'm a Phillies fan,'' she said — while Nicole said this was her third visit.

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These guys hoisting the pitchers are drinking their breakfast of champions al fresco at the Cask and Flagon, a famous Fenway watering spot on the corner of Lansdowne Street and Brookline Avenue —  just behind the Green Monster.

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