As hardcore Yankee fans it is tough for John and I to say positive things about the Red Sox but if there was ever a reason to praise our rivals to the north it would be their stadium. Fenway Park is one of those gems that goes beyond just baseball. It is an American icon that is celebrating it’s 100th birthday so the timing of our visit was perfect. Although the Sox lost to the Blue Jays we picked a great game to attend. The weather started off perfect then around the 6th inning Mother Nature turned on the faucet and the game went into a rain delay. Omar Vizquel danced and lightning struck near by. To avoid the downpour our crew, along with the guys from Bleacher Report, went over to Who’s On First for a few beers then after two and a half hours the game resumed with only a few hundred people in the stands. We saw David Ortiz hit two homeruns and Jose Batista hit a bomb over the Green Monster. We got to hang out with a lot of great fans, the Sox let us sit in John Henry’s seats for a few innings and all-in-all it was an incredible day up in Boston.
The Ted Williams’ Red Seat
On June 9, 1946, the Splendid Splinter hit the longest home run ever hit into the Fenway bleachers traveling roughly 502 feet in the air and hitting a 56-year-old bro named Joe Boucher in the head. To put that into perspective Williams’ home run traveled 20 feet further than any of the mammouth home runs hit in 2012 so far including Nelson Cruz’ 484 foot blast earlier this year.
Sing “Sweet Caroline” at Fenway Park
“Sweet Caroline” has been a Fenway tradition for almost 15 years, played in the middle of the 8th inning at every Red Sox home games. After watching 7 1/2 innings of the game, the rain came in and potentially washed away all hopes of crossing off Caroline from the list. We figured we would wait it out for a while at Who’s on First Bar and Grill and ran into the guys from Bleacher Report on their own baseball campaign. After 2 hours the rain subsided and we got to hear and sing the sweet sweet sound of Caroline with the remaining 2,000 fans.
Pesky Pole at Fenway Park
Like the Green Monster in left field Pesky’s Pole in right field is one of those quirky designs of the Fenway that make it the most unique stadium in baseball. Johnny Pesky, a Red Sox player in the 1940′s, hit 17 home runs in his entire career, most of which were poke shots down the right field line that took advantage of the 295 foot fence. Hence the name.
Watch a game from the top of the Green Monster at Fenway Park
Like Fenway Park, the Green Monster is arguably the top ballpark icon is baseball. It stands 37-feet and two inches high and in 2003 management added “Monster Seats” to the top that allow 274 lucky fans to have the best seats in baseball.