It is probably the only diamond that is forever; baseball diamond. A fun place that is located in a serious place. Boston. The home of Harvard, and a few miles away MIT; institutions that house the future corporate heads and future scientific innovators and then there are the good old fashioned heavy accented Boston Baseball Fans in their park not housed in a new stadium named after some company.
Now that the loosing streak was lifted in 2004, people also had renewed interest in Fenway Park. They began to notice how simple and well preserved a place it is. Located in a place that was once reclaimed swamp land, it is now nestled within busy city streets. There is a new book out called simply ‘Fenway Park” which is a tribute to the place calling it both majestic and tiny.
All Bostonians have a story to share that expresses their fondness for the place because most people’s story of how they reconnected with a relative or friend was in that place while watching another loosing game. Yes, priceless memories. The place conducts tours to people from all over the country and the world who don’t even go to see a single game. Yes, the building itself is historic.
The only distracting focus is on the “green monster” as it is called. It is the legendary 37 foot high left field wall where skillful players used it as a place to form geometric angles. Depending on which spot they got the ball to hit and bounce off, created difficult angles for the poor catchers to try to get the ball and throw it to a base. Boston has famously crooked streets so the wall was built to try to keep the hit balls in the stadium and not breaking windows in the neighboring buildings surrounding the park.
The prevailing wisdom was that Fenway Park was an old relic and from another era. Luckily, the new administration saw its charm and relevance as the oldest living working ball park in America. Red Sox’s President Larry Camino also built Baltimore’s Camden Yard in 1992 . A ball park inspired by Fenway Park but modernized a bit to make it more comfortable.
Fenway Park is so beloved that there is a green monster wall in Fenway South, a park not a stadium, built in Fort Meyers, Florida . It is the site of Red Sox’s spring training with a playing field identical to the one in Boston. The current Manager of the team Bobby Valentine notes that there are tours there 360 days a year and there are also tours at the Florida park too which is Fenway without the horrible weather. I would love to see a game anywhere where the focus is on the game in a ball park.