Spring in New England. Some days, the temperatures soar into the 80’s, the leaves on the trees bud, flowers bloom, and there is not a cloud in the sky. The very next day, temperatures can crash into the 40’s, the sky is dreary and overcast, winds gust, rain falls, and it feels more like late October than May. Attending outdoor events during springtime can be a hit or miss affair here, especially a baseball game for the hometown Boston Red Sox at legendary Fenway Park.
Built in 1912, Fenway Park is one of the oldest baseball parks in the nation. It has been home to seven of the eight Red Sox World Series championships. Built near Kenmore Square, Fenway Park is located in an area of the city that was originally swamp and marshland. Manmade fill created an entire section of the city, known as the Back Bay, in the mid-to-late 19th century. The stadium was constructed on an irregularly-shaped city block, leading to an asymmetrical stadium design. Rather than a traditional diamond-shaped field, the stadium’s designers were limited by the available space, leading to an asymmetrical field design that is unique to Fenway. A park that has witnessed Babe Ruth, “The Impossible Dream” season, Carlton Fisk waving his home run from foul to fair in 1975, the 2004 World Series championship that broke “The Curse,” and on and on, Fenway Park has seen more than its share of history. On April 20th of this year, Fenway celebrated its 105 birthday.
While I am from Philadelphia and am a Phillies fan through and through, whenever I have a chance to attend a game at Fenway, I jump at the opportunity as it is simply one of the best places to watch baseball. When friends invited me to join them for Harvard Alumni Night at Fenway this past Monday, I immediately agreed, despite a forecast that called for temperatures in the low 50s, wind, clouds, and a chance of rain.
For many of the locations I visit, I often end my posts with a statement such as “if you are in the area, it’s definitely worth to make a detour and stop by.” In the case of Fenway Park, it is worth making a trip to Boston for the sole purpose of attending a Red Sox game. For any baseball fan, or anyone interested in American history, Fenway Park is on the list of must-see destinations. Despite the team’s rabid fan base, tickets are fairly easy to get and relatively affordable, aside from during the playoffs or any game against the hated (!) New York Yankees. Thanks for coming along on this special, mid-week episode of the Voyage of DH!