Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Featured, LeTravelista, Portfolio | 0 comments

Fenway – A Boston Must-See

There are many historic sites in Boston that should be seen by visitors; sites that play a huge role in our countries history. There is Paul Revere’s home, the site of the Boston Massacre, the harbor where tea went flying into the water below, and the home of major league baseball’s oldest stadium.

Yes I know that for many of you, myself included, a baseball stadium does not equate to a must-see attraction; however, Fenway Park is one baseball stadium everyone should take the time to see and here’s why:

The Seats

Prior to my tour of Fenway, I was shopping in the pro shop across the street from the park when a friend hollered over to me to come see him. He wanted me to sit in the stadium seats they had on display. I wasn’t sure why he wanted me to take a seat, but I did out of respect for his request. Then he sat in the one next to me and started to tell me a story. He said “Do you see how I barely fit in this seat and how if I put my arms on the arm rests, I spill over into your seat? Now imagine me with three of my friends who are my size all going to a Red Sox game together. Our seats were all together, and when we all tried to sit back at the same time, we were practically on each others laps. There was no way we were all going to be able to sit back and enjoy the game, so we had to come up with a way to take turns be comfortable. After playing around with options, we decided that the best system was for every other one of us to sit forward on our seats and then at the end of each inning we would switch.”

I laughed a little at his story, but it wasn’t until I got inside the stadium that I truly understood. These are seriously the smallest seats you will ever find in a baseball stadium today. Even the smallest of patrons feel cramped in these seats. I am by most standards quite small, and my legs were touching the seat backs in front of me and my body filled the seat. I have no idea how four tiny men, let alone four normal sized men could sit together and watch a game.

But the funniest part about the seats, is they don’t all face home base. I mean, isn’t the idea for people to see players make it into home? Maybe not. Maybe Mr. Boucher should have used his seat positioning as an excuse when he was hit by Ted Williams farthest Fenway Park home run. It would have sounded better than “the sun was in my eyes” or “he was sleeping.”

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This seat marks the farthest home-run in Fenway Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The History

Fenway Park is more than a hundred years old and that history can be seen all through the park; for starters, the walls are still constructed from the original brick.

Now there have been many additions such as the Green Monster, and additional seating, but one thing that has never changed is the original scoreboard. To this day the scoreboard is not electronic, and it is manually changed by two men working inside of the green monster. Ironically this is one of the most coveted positions at Fenway Park even though they have to tough it out in a cramped, unairconditioned box.

Or what about the ladder that leads from the just above the score board up the green monster and then just stops, leading to nowhere? Years ago it was used to retrieve balls that would be hit into the net above the score board. However, when the green monster was built, there was no longer a need for a net to catch balls, thus no longer a need for the ladder. It still hangs on the wall.

But I think my favorite historical touch is the morse code that can be seen among the scoreboard details. If you want to know what that is all about you will have to take a tour.

The Tour

I am not usually a big fan of tours as I quickly get distracted and normally I have read up enough on an attraction that I don’t want to hear someone go on and on with details. However, the Fenway Park Tour was a pleasant surprise. I am not sure whether it was the fact that I knew very little about Fenway’s history prior to arriving, or if it was the fact that my tour guide continually shared interesting details about the park; either way this is hands down the best tour I have ever taken and I would recommend it to anyone visiting Boston.

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Plus the tour staff takes a great family photo! 😉

 

 

 

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