Baseball fans may love or hate the Red Sox, but the iconic ball park that
Today, Fenway is the oldest ball park in the major leagues. The landmark little bandbox with its towering 37-foot wall in left field, affectionately known as the Green Monster, is a link to the heritage the sport so tenaciously treasures.
How appropriate for the ghosts of baseball lore to reappear during the Halloween season in the very place where Babe Ruth’s curse produced nearly 90 years of bittersweet memories for the Red Sox.
Every fan, no matter how old or how young, has the same feeling of awe the first time they walk up one of the ramps that magically reveal the plush carpet of green that nestles beneath the historic “Monstaahh” in left.
When the first pitch is thrown Wednesday night,
In 2001, the Boston Red Sox came under new management. There was much speculation that Fenway would be torn down and a new park would be built to accommodate a 21st century contemporary game. Ultimately, the new owners decided to preserve history by renovating rather than desecrating the park.
Fenway is old. Nothing can alter that. The steel beams that hold up the ancient roof are in the same places they were 100 years ago. The seats are narrow. It is a tiny park that is also a cathedral, a place where baseball thrives just as it did during the golden age of the game. Only
Fenway hearkens to a time that is fading into our memories like yellowed newspapers and black and white movies. It is part of our American sports legacy. It is a pinball machine in a video game era.
The scoreboard still operates by hand, just as it did in 1912. The fans want it that way. There is no organ blaring the theme music from Jaws or gimmicky contests between innings to keep fans entertained. None of that. In
To be sure there are traditions. The favorite comes late in a game when everyone sings Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. Okay, so it is
In tribute to the people of
The Red Sox were embarrassed in 2012, the 100th anniversary of their beloved ball park, when a talented team finished last in the division.
Some say the April attack unified the 2013 team, which most experts picked to finish last once again. In truth it began a month earlier when the players came to spring training with a purpose. They have been dedicated to a singular goal since the first pitch was thrown in
Like the Red Sox, the Cardinals also have a rich baseball history. It is appropriate for two storied teams to finish the season in the historic confines of
Baseball in October is special. Anything can happen and probably will. No matter who wins, do not overlook the quirky little park known as Fenway and the role it will play in deciding the new champion of baseball.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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