Yesterday, I came back from Boston, Massachusetts with my grandparents and cousin. As a baseball fanatic, you could all probably imagine the first landmark I went to see: Fenway Park! At Fenway, I had to wear a Wally the Green Monster (mascot for the Red Sox) hat, and a red t-shirt and shorts. Now, as a die-hard Yankee fan (sorry Bostonians), it all felt weird putting this stuff on, but it was a great experience. The fans are pretty nice, actually. I was sitting near a bunch of Twins fans, the team they were playing that night, and no fights occurred. I guess everything I've heard about Boston fans is wrong, or at least for teams other than New York. Anyway, let me tell you a little bit about Fenway's history:
The Red Sox played their first game at Fenway Park on April 20, 1912 against the Highlanders (now the Yankees) and won. The reason it is called "Fenway Park" is because the prefix "fen" means marsh and the park was built over a marsh. Its left field wall, known as the Green Monster, is the tallest wall in baseball at 37 feet high, but it's only 310 feet from home plate. The left field foul pole is famous for Carlton Fisk waving his ball fair to win Game 6 of the 1975 World Series against the Reds in the 12th inning. The ball hit the pole and is one of the most famous homers every hit in Series play. The right field foul pole is called Pesky Pole. It is famous because whenever Johnny Pesky, a former Red Sox infielder, hit a homer to right, it would curve around the pole. The pole is only 305 feet from home plate, and being a non-power hitter in the 40s and 50s, it really helped Pesky get that slugging percentage up.
Well, that's a little info on Fenway for you all. Keep on checking my blog for posts, because I'll soon be blogging about the team that was in Boston at the beginning of the 20th century, but moved to the city famous for breweries and then to the city that hosted the 1996 Olympics. Thanks for reading!