Friday, April 20, 2012

100th Anniversary of Fenway

This weekend is the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park in Boston. The Red Sox will play the Yankees - always an occasion in itself - and there will be a big party as well. This article on Fox News gives more of the details of the occasion.

Mike and I visited Fenway on our trip to the northeast in 2010. These two pictures were taken on my phone - we didn't want to bring the camera with us because we were traveling on the subway and wanted to have as little as possible with us for possible pickpockets. Watching the scores be manually changed, just like a hundred years ago, was a cultural experience everyone in this electronic age ought to see. We watched David Ortiz blast a homerun across the Green Monster, and we squeezed into old wooden seats designed for the shorter people of a hundred years ago. Mike's knees touched the back of the seat in front of him. It really got interesting when people wanted in and out of the middle of the row. There wasn't any room to back up for them to get past, even with standing and putting up the bottom of the wooden seat to get as far back as possible.

The news article on Fox says that a few years ago the possibility of building a new stadium was explored - and then rejected -- due to the public outcry. I can see why. This place is an institution.

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