Opened in 1912, Fenway Park is the home ballpark of the Boston Red Sox, and the oldest Major League Baseball park still in use. Because of its low capacity (less than 40,000 spectators), it is not easy to get a ticket. In fact, since May 2003, the Red Sox have sold out every home game, an MLB record.
A few days ago I received an email from two of my ex-colleagues at BCG, saying they had just left BCG and were coming to Boston to attend a week training program at Bain Capital, their new company. Thinking it would be a nice opportunity to get together for the first time in 6 months, and since I had never been to Fenway Park, we decided to go to the Red Sox – Diamondbacks game on Sunday. The price of our grandstand seats was $150/person.
Grabbing a hotdog and a beer, we watched the game surrounded by hundreds of enthusiastic Red Sox fans. Although our eyes were chasing the white ball, our conversation was mostly about our days at BCG and our careers after consulting. They told me that they were going to apply to business school next year. Such a career path (2-3 years at a consulting firm or investment bank, 2-3 years at a private equity firm, and 2 years at business school) is called a “fast track”, and right after they graduate from business school, most of them will become board members of companies they invest in. “How much are you going to earn?” I asked. “Far less than those Red Sox players,” he answered.
The Red Sox won 4-0. We left the stadium in a chipper mood.