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tour of Fenway Park
We took an hour long tour of Fenway for $10US.
Julie was our guide and she was fantastic!
Very informative and interesting, even though I do not watch baseball.
Highly reccommend for the history and entertainment factors.
Too bad when we were there they were re- doing the irigation system and there was no grass.
Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park
Red Sox baseball game at historic Fenway Park. This photo is from the 2002 Opening Day. I had taken a weekend trip to Dallas and had just flown back to Boston the morning of 2002 Opening Day. When I got into work around noon, one of my co-workers handed me a free ticket to the game, which was starting in an hour...I love spontaneity.
Fenway is one of the few old baseball parks left in America and has not changed much since it opened in 1912. With an incredible history, a game at Fenway takes one back to early days of baseball and great players like Ted Williams, Cy Young and Babe Ruth. In 1947, the legendary “Green Monster” was created when the all the advertisements on the left field wall was painted over with green paint. The official Red Sox website has a great narrative on the history of Fenway (http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/bos/ballpark/bos_ballpark_history.jsp). Over the past few years there has been a lot of talk around Boston about replacing Fenway Park with a new ballpark as so many other cities have done. So, Fenway’s time may be limited as well as your chance to experience this truly great old ballpark. If possible, try to catch a Red Sox - Yankees game. The heckling the Boston crowd gives their New York counterparts is an experience in and of itself and one that demonstrates just how old the rivalry is between the Boston and New York baseball clubs.
Home of the Red Sox and the Heart of Boston
They call it Fabulous Fenway sometimes, which will probably come as a surprise to some of those used to more luxurious modern US baseball parks! However, there is much history (of heartbreak and victory) crammed in here that it makes up for the cramped and creaky conditions.
The Red Sox have been playing here since 1912, which makes it the oldest ballpark currently in use; indeed, with a vogue for new ballparks in the 80s and 90s, there aren't too many of the more historic grounds left.
That's the reason that so many people want to see Fenway Park preserved - despite the economic arguments sometimes advanced for moving to a bigger ballpark next door, which would, allegedly, put the team in a position to acquire even more stars. That said, Fenway has one of the best attendance records in baseball: despite having won the World Series only once since 1918 (and what a win it was), the Red Sox manage to sell out almost every evening. Indeed, for the last three seasons you can barely get a ticket for love or money, and that's despite the fact that there are 81 home games a season.
The new management team (which arrived in 2002) has made an effort to use the space as best they can, putting in a new concourse for vendors which is a big improvement, as well as the (justifiably) famous Green Monster seats, definitely an experience worth the extra dollars. The small size definitely adds something to the intimacy of the experience, and may accounts for the intensity of Red Sox fans, among whom we number ourselves!
See a Red Sox game.
Fenway Park is one of the last old-time baseball parks in the country. Even Yankee fans enjoy watching games at Fenway. Famous for trading away players that would go on to become baseball legends, Boston Red Sox history reads like a comedy of errors (see http://www.soxsuck.com. But the fans love them anyway, and they especially love their ballpark.
Update: The curse of the Bambino has been lifted! Supposedly Babe Ruth cursed the Boston Red Sox when they traded him to the Yankees. The Sox never won a World Series championship after that. Until now. In the Fall of 2004, the Sox and the fans rallied together to win their first World Series championship since 1918. Boston will never be the same!
In Spain you must see a bullfight; in Brazil you must see a futebol game; in Boston you must see a Sox game.
Go see a baseball game at...
Go see a baseball game at Fenway Park. There is so much history in this building. The game I saw was Boston vs the Yankees. It was a perfect game up until the second to last pitch.
100 years of baseball history in one building.
Going to Fenway Park; home to...
Going to Fenway Park; home to the Boston Red Sox. I had been waiting years to see Fenway Park after watching many games and the 86' World Series at Fenway.
This is the old style baseball park of the 1920's. You can feel the classic baseball that was played here. Being in the park let's you understand briefly what it felt like to live 50-80 years ago.
This was the view from the...
This was the view from the Right Field seats that I had when the Red Sox played the Yankees.
Boston has some of the greatest fans in the country. It was great to see how well they support their teams and get excited for the Red Sox. Someday, maybe they can beat the Yankees. . .
Here is a pretty good view of...
Here is a pretty good view of Fenway Park. Note the Green Monster on the far right. This is the huge wall that looms over left field. If the batter hits the ball far enough, the ball goes flying in the street below.
After being at Fenway, I got a good idea of how hard Mark McGwire was hitting the ball in the All-Star game 2-3 years ago. Now that would have been impressive to see live.
The Yankees' greatest rival, the Boston Red Sox call Fenway their home. This is truly hallowed ground for a true baseball fan. It's one of the oldest parks in baseball and is very unique in its design with its famous 'green monster' (enormous wall in left field) and its oddly shaped outfield perimeter. I checked the Red Sox schedule a few weeks before I came to Boston hoping they'd be in town, but unfortunately they were playing a three game series in New York! This photo was taken from the Prudential Skywalk without a zoom lens so you'll have to click on it to really see the stadium.
Go watch the Boston Red Sox...
Go watch the Boston Red Sox play baseball if it's the season. If you can, watch the Yankees play when they come to town.
Try sitting in the bleachers by right field. Lots of homeruns, good conversations, can get a bit rowdy. Expect 'Yankees Suck!' chants even if the Yanks are not playing that day. Bostonians love their Sox and the games are always packed. A definite must go for one or the family!
Fenway Park. If you are a...
Fenway Park. If you are a baseball fan, you need no further beckoning to see Fenway. Even if you're not a baseball fan, it is still worthwhile to take in a Red Sox game. Here's why: A game at Fenway is as much a cultural experience as it is a sporting event. Fenway is the oldest Baseball Park in the major leagues, built in the middle of a honest-to-goodness neighborhood. The streets close on game day, giving vendors room to set up shop as fans fill the streets. Take my advice and buy a bag of fresh-roasted peanuts before you enter the park. Inside the park, you will be cramped, crowded, and warm. You will also be looking at the field where Babe Ruth pitched, where Ted Williams hit .400, and where Carlton Fisk waved his famous home run fair. You will also be surrounded by knowlegdeable, compassionate fans (in contrast to most 21st century corporate sports crowds). The Red Sox a part of Boston's social fabric and, hence, are a must see in this city.
There are few sport venues left in the world that managed to keep their own identity, history and even name. Fenway Park in Boston is one of the only venues left that hasn't been demolished and replaced with a new, state-of-the-art stadium with a new, generic, advertising name of the week, and thank goodness for that. For many of us the wounds from our beloved Boston Garden becoming the Fleet Center, and now the Banknorth Garden, are still fresh. Fenway, which held it's first major league baseball game on April 20, 1912, in which the Red Sox fittingly defeated the New York Highlands (now the Yankees), remains a truly special place for lovers of baseball, history and our state's Capitol. I went to my first Red Sox game at Fenway when I was a freshman in High School in 1986 with the Gloucester YMCA, and no matter how many games I've been to since, I'll never forget that one. Seeing the field in person for the first time, my first Fenway Frank (worth every bit of the hype) and watching the Sox up close. Amazing! Much has been, and will be, written and said about Fenway Park, but it is truly a place you must see in person and experience for yourself.
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Fenway Park- Green Monster
37 feet, 2 inches high. 9000 Square feet. 305 (ish) feet from home plate. This is Fenway Park's Green Monster. Robbing hitters of home runs since the park was built, the Monster is the highest wall in Major League Baseball. The Monster was not actually green until 1947, prior to that it was covered in advertisements. The Monster was originally made of wood, and then covered in tin and concrete in 1934. after a fire had destroyed much of the Park on January 5, 1934 . Since 1976 the Monster has been made of hard plastic. The scoreboard is still manual, someone has to update the game and scores from around the majors. Former owners Thomas A. Yawkey and Jean R. Yawkey have their initials running along the side of the scoreboard in morse code. After the 2002-3 season seats were added to the top of the Monster. Dubbed "Monster Seats", they can accomodate 274 fans (not including a smaller section that was added in 2005. Seats are sold via a lottery system prior to the start of the season and currently cost $160. Standing room atop the Monster cost $30.
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So you've braved the Green Line and possibly other Boston MBTA routes, or driving from miles only to pay ridiculously high parking rates. You have your banners, Sox hats, camera, and the excitement of catching a game at Fenway, but now, how do you enter the park? There are five gates that allow entry to Fenway, A-E. Gate A, the main gate, is located on the corner of Yawkey Way and Brookline Ave. This is the closest gate to the Red Sox Offices. Walking down Brookline Ave. we come to Gate E, at the corner of Brookline and Landsdowne. Further down Landsdowne, across from the House Of Blues is Gate C. Going around the corner on Ipswich Street to the corner of Van Ness is Gate B. Here you have the names of players who's numbers have been retired. Gate D is located where Van Ness meets Yawkey Way, which is closed to travelers on game day and considered part of Fenway Park, so a ticket is needed to enter the street. You can also enter Yawkey Way through Gate A. All gates open 2 hours prior to the start of a game. Your ticket will alert you to which gate is easiest access to your seats. For handicap accessibility, Redsox.com says "All gates around Fenway Park are handicap-accessible. Gate D has three elevators and Gates B and E have one elevator each available to fans who require them. Grandstand wheelchair ticket holders should enter through Gates D or E."
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Fenway Park-Ted Williams Statue
Located outside of Fenway Park's right field, by Gate B, sits the 8'6", 3,380 pound statue of the Red Sox's ultimate hero and the last major leaguer to hit over .400, Ted Williams. Williams, who made visiting children battling cancer at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute part of his routine, is captured with his bat over his left shoulder while placing his cap on the head of a child, who has a bald head, due to his cancer treatment. This deeply moving tribute was originally proposed by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino after William's death on July 5, 2002 and was unveiled to the public on April 16, 2004. In attendance for the event in addition to Mayor Menino were William's teammates Johnny Peskey, Bobby Doerr, Ted Lepcio and Frank Malzone, Red Sox owner's John Henry and Larry Lucchino, the sculpor, Franc Talarico and benefactor A. Hank Evanish.
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