Its 92 years old. It’s the oldest ballpark in the Major Leagues. It’s Fenway Park: the best place in the world to watch a baseball game.
Even if you are not a baseball fan I encourage you to go if for nothing else than the experience of something truly historic.
Fenway Park saw its first game ever on the twentieth day of April in the year of 1912. The Boston Red Sox, who call Fenway their home, won the World Series in the park’s first year and won it three more times by 1918…but they haven’t won it since. This fact contributes to the reason why the Red Sox have such a hungry fan base, and why Fenway is so special.
I could sit here and write all day and tell you why I think Fenway is special, but I’ve managed to narrow it down to a few highlights:
• The Left field wall at Fenway is 37 ft. tall, the only wall of its kind in the major league. The wall is affectionately known as the Green Monster and many times will help to rob the opposing team of a home run. It was also featured in the movie Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner.
• The Green Monster is home to a manually operated scoreboard that displays not only the score of the game but the scores of all other major league games. The number panels used for scoring the games are 16 inches by 16 inches, and three pounds each. It’s actually someone’s job to hang out in the wall, and keep the score.
• The screen behind home plate, designed to protect fans and allow foul balls to roll back down onto the field of play, was the first of its kind in the majors.
• The fans sit closer to the action at Fenway than at any other park in the major leagues.
• Arguably the best game of baseball ever played was Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, at Fenway Park. You may have seen the clip voted the number one television sports moment of the century…the one where Carlton Fisk hits the ball high and to the left...
I like to consider myself a passionate fan of the Red Sox. And I like to believe that being at the game, and rooting for the home team has something to do with their success.
Nomar Garciaparra, the team’s former shortstop, says this about Fenway:
"There are a lot of players who talk about playing here because it can be the best place to play. With the passion and the intensity of the fans in Fenway right on top of the players, we should have the biggest home-field advantage in the game."
I think the most compelling reason to experience a baseball game at Fenway is best summed up in the words of Garciaparra:
This is not just a team, or a sports franchise. The Red Sox are a way of life, the lifestyle of an entire region. There isn't another place where baseball matters the way it does in Boston."
So, if you live in Boston, and you’ve never taken in a game at Fenway, you’re missing out. You’re missing out on the history, the passion, the sights, the smells, the feeling….of Fenway.