My son Gabriel just finished a political science degree from University of Ottawa. As a graduation gift, I offered him a trip to a ballpark of his choice. He chose Fenway. Cheating a bit, I linked a speaking engagement I had in Boston with the opportunity to take him to Fenway.
Currently the two worst teams in the league, we were nonetheless excited to see our Blue Jays playing Boston. We got to Fenway early, only to be greeted by a serious rainstorm. We were quite concerned, given we had the tickets in hand, and a return flight the next morning! But patience persevered, and after a one and a half hour delay, it was “Play Ball” at Fenway.
We had great seats in Fieldbox 57, 8 rows up from the field, half way between home plate and third base. It was a great view of the field, and of course, the stadium is like no other. First, it is the oldest major league ballpark in use, being home to the Red Sox since 1912.1 There are many unique features. Probably the most famous, is the “green monster”, “the oversized green wall is a trademark for Boston sports fans and baseball fans everywhere2; the “loan red seat”, which “marks the spot where the longest home run in Fenway Park history was hit by legendary Red Sox player Ted Williams”.3 Then there is “Pesky’s Pole” the nickname for the right field foul ball pole, 302 feet from home plate, and named after Johnny Pesky, beloved Red Sox shortstop from the 50’s. And then, of course, are the famous “Fenway Franks”, a must on every visit to what has been called baseball’s “friendliest park”.
All in all, a great trip to Boston. Time with my son, a visit to a great ball park, and of course, a 7-5 win for our Blue Jays, with homers from Edwin Encarnacion, Moises Sierra and Colby Rasmus , and a great outing for starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez.
If you have any ballpark stories to share, respond to the blog, or better yet…please drop by the Macklem House, my door is always open.