Since the Red Sox are in the World Series, I thought I'd post a shot of Fenway that I took this fall when I was there getting my postseason tickets.
Fenway Park is the oldest ballpark in the majors; it opened April 20, 1912 (five days after the Titanic sank). The next oldest park is Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, which opened in 1916. After that you go almost 40 years to find the next oldest park, Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles, home of the Dodgers since they moved from Brooklyn. It opened in 1957. (Until about ten years ago, Detroit also had an old ballpark, Tiger Stadium, which opened the same day as Fenway).
Fenway is an odd shape dictated by the shape of the parcel it was built on. It's most distinctive feature is a very short left field, which if left alone would result in home runs every day. To make it more "interesting", a 37 foot wall was erected at the left field boundary; balls off the wall are in play, and in order to get a home run to left, you must hit the ball over the wall. You can certainly find both interior and aerial shots of Fenway on the web if you're interested.
This particular photo is the right field/center field gate; the green structure to the left is the far right field seats, and the bleachers are to the right. The statue right center is a statue of four famous ballplayers for the Red Sox: Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, and Dom DiMaggio. They were good friends as well as being teammates for years; David Halberstam wrote a book about them, The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship.
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jcpix (13930) 2013-10-21 7:03
Good morning Roger,
I usually try to sneak in a quick look during the mornings while at work...and what do I see today...this?!! You're killing me! :)
I know I've said it before, but it bears repeating...Booooooo!! I mean that in the kindest way of course. :) O.K., it's painful for me to even type this out, but I have to give credit where credit is due....congratualtions for making it to the World Series, they earned it fair and square....and with that in mind, I say fervently...."Go Cards!" lol
It's impossible to deny the storied franchise with such great players throughout history, and undoubtedly one of the best ballparks around! Worst of luck in the series. hehe Thanks for the dedication, a friendly rivalry is always a lot of fun! :-)
Have a great week....you personally, not the Sox!
Sure you don't want Bobby Valentine back?
worldcitizen (9184) 2013-10-21 8:34
From a long-suffering Mets fan, I say congrats to the Red Sox on making it to the World Series. :-) I've seen Fenway Park from the inside while watching the games on television, but it's nice to see this outside view. The sculptures are nice, and there's lots of green color. :-) Are you going to a World Series game? It's going to be exciting I'm sure.
Noel_Byrne (33130) 2013-10-23 4:58
For all the times I have heard mention of this famous stadium, this is actually the first time I have ever seen it! I like that you managed to capture it with no people at all in the scene, allowing the focus to be on the structure like this, and you certainly chose an interesting angle to shoot from. Interesting note too, that wall sounds like it will make an interesting addition to the game!
All the best
- Copyright: Roger Lipsett (rogerl) (1632)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-10
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D5100, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-21 6:25