While I was traveling in Portland a while back, I met a guy with a big dream. He wanted to attend a baseball game at every major league baseball field in the US. I though it was cool considering he was a powerlifter that did jiu-jitsu. Baseball wasn’t his sport, but baseball fields made him happy.
I never got the warm and fuzzies about a baseball field until I stepped foot into Fenway.
Fenway Park is home to the Boston Red Sox for those of you who don’t follow US baseball in any way, shape or form. It’s kind of a big deal. The park opened in 1912 and was struck by two fires in the 30’s. Since the reconstruction at that time, not too much has changed. It’s still quite small, and the scoreboard is still manually operated.
History hits you like a hardball the minute you enter and I couldn’t stop grinning the entire time I was there.
I didn’t have the chance to see a game because I was attending for a big event, but I’ll be back for one someday. You can count on it. Bonus: They have good gluten free choices, unlike those crappy vegetarian hot dogs at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Blech…
And now, I leave you with a brief Fenway vocabulary lesson.
The Green Monster– Never has a green wall meant so much. The Green Monster is the nickname for the big left field wall at Fenway. It was full of advertisements in the 194o’s but it was painted green in 1947 and remains a signature feature of the park to this day.
Williamsburg– Named after left-handed hitter, Ted Williams. This bullpen area was built in front of the right-center field bleachers in order to bring the fence closer to home plate, giving lefties a better chance of hitting a home run.
The Lone Red Seat– Going, going, gone! The lone red seat is another Fenway feature that can be attributed to Ted Williams. It signifies the longest home run ever hit at Fenway, a record 502 feet, which was hit by Williams and knocked a guy in the head before bouncing even higher.
Have you been to Fenway? Any ballparks on your bucket list?