Sunday, January 30, 2011

Oldest Ballpark in America: Fenway Park

Opening on September 25, 1912 which is also the same week that the famous ship Titanic sunk was the beginning of something amazing.  A national landmark which is still in operation today and for a long time to come.  Fenway Park has seen some pretty amazing players come through their as well as some intense games.  Home to the Red Sox, Fenway is one of the most unique designed ballparks out there.

The Green Monster, a tall wall standing in left field at 310 ft. from home plate which is not very high by any means, but is 37 ft. high as well.  A one of a kind green color is what makes the Green Monster so popular.  Only the staff at Fenway know the exact color green the wall is.  The Green Monster may be a help for many right handed pull hitters with power but strikes fear into many left fielders and center fielders.  What I mean by this is, only Red Sox players that know how to play a ball hit off the wall can judge where it will end up.  Many visiting players that come in for two or three games have a difficult time judging the wall or backing up to catch a fly ball against it because there is no wall as tall in any other park in America (let alone the world).

Pesky pole and Fisk pole, might be the two most famous foul poles in all of America.  Pesky pole, sitting in right field only stands at 302 ft. from home plate which isn't very far by any means, but automatically the right field wall shoots out to a stunning 380 ft. in no time.  The famous Johnny Pesky, in which the pole is named after, hit some of his six home runs around that pole but never once hitting it.  Fisk pole, standing on top of the Green Monster at 310 ft. from home plate is not as popular as the Pesky pole but still an intriguing one.  Carlton Fisk's famous home run in the post season off that pole (waving of the hands in hopes of moving the ball into fair territory or hit the pole) is the reason why they named it after Fisk.

The Triangle, might be the most complicated areas in on field territory.  The top of the Triangle is a mere 420 ft. from home plate, which causes a problem for hitters as well as fielders.  Hitters either love it, or hate it because if it gets behind the center fielder it seems like it runs for days, but also could hurt them as well if a nice long (would of have been home run) gets caught in the middle of the Triangle.  Fielders hate that area because of the odd shape (most of all ball parks are an even line of a wall in the outfield).

The lone red seat, sitting in the right field bleachers is probably the neatest object in Fenway.  Fenway's seats are a dark color green, except for the lone red seat which signifies Ted Williams longest home run ever hit at Fenway which measures at a whopping 502 ft. from home plate!

I could go on for days about Fenway but what has been said is the most popular landmarks at a famous landmark.  Until next time...


1 comment:

  1. Actually, Fenway opened on April 20, 1912, five days after the sinking of the Titanic. You might want to change that. Otherwise, a very interesting history of the great ball park.