Happy 100th, Fenway
Will Rossmiller
wross460@uwsp.edu
It has stood the test of time. After 18 presidents, two World Wars and the founding of 12 major league baseball teams, Fenway Park is still standing.
 
In its 100-year history, Boston’s Fenway Park has given Red Sox fans many things to cheer about, and many things to cry about.
 
It has been the home of countless historical events, such as Carlton Fisk waving his homerun ball fair in the 12th inning of game six of the 1975 World Series.
 
Or when Bill Buckner let the ball go between his legs in game six of the 1986 World Series, sealing a Red Sox loss.
 
It was also home to ‘the curse of the Bambino,’ which hung over the Red Sox after selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees for $100,000, haunting the team for 86 years.
 
And finally it was home to one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history, when the Red Sox were down to the Yankees 0-3 in the 2004 American League Championship Series. Boston came back to win four straight games to win the league championship, and eventually the World Series.
 
When you think of Fenway, you think of all the amazing things that occurred there. When you walk in, it’s like stepping into history.
 
It may not be as beautiful as the Minnesota Twins new Target Field and it may not be as technologically advanced as the Miami Marlins new stadium, but it presents characteristics that few other professional sports venues have.
 
It is best known for the giant green wall in left field, known as the ‘green monster,’ as well as the great left-fielders who have had it at their backs.
 
Hall of famers like Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice patrolled the ‘green monster’ and mastered all of the angles a ball could take off of the giant wall.
 
Even recent greats like Manny Ramirez and current left-fielder Carl Crawford have had to learn just how hard it is to play in its shadow.
 
Fenway Park is the oldest stadium in major league baseball. When built in a small area of downtown Boston, the project cost $420,000.
 
With only enough room to hold 39,900 people, Fenway packs in the fans for a baseball experience unlike anything else.
 
Red Sox fans have been so dedicated to watching their team that every home game in Fenway since May 15, 2003, has been sold out, a major league record.
 
If you call it ‘Fenway Stadium’ you better be ready for a verbal beating. It’s a park, and that’s the way the people from Boston want it to be. To them, it presents a more nostalgic feel than a stadium.
 
Even if you aren’t a Red Sox fan, Fenway is a place that every baseball fan can appreciate as a great part of the history of our national pastime.
 
Everyone that loves the game should take time to visit. It gives an experience that no other ballpark can give.