Next Up at Fenway: A Story of High School, Hope and Lindos Sueños tells the true story of Marcos Baez, whose public high school next to Fenway Park—Fenway High—was his best hope of a college education and a better life. Inspired by his daily view of the ballpark and mentored by the Red Sox Foundation, Baez turned his passion for baseball into a love of learning in his quest for a path to college.
As a child, Marcos’ first exposure to baseball came through a neighborhood team, sponsored by the Foundation’s RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program. As a Fenway High School junior, Marcos was chosen for the Foundation’s Lindos Sueños program, which paired up American and Dominican teens for baseball and community service in the Dominican Republic. From Lindos Sueños, Marcos found his voice for the essay he would use to apply to college.