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Eye on Ballparks: Fenway Park in Boston

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

More Ballparks: Busch Stadium in St. Louis

BOSTON -- Baseball's oldest ballpark is the site of Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS this year. Maybe Games 6 and 7 if we're lucky. Fenway Park opened in April 1912, back when there were only 48 states in the union. The building has been renovated many times over the years, including most recently to include seats atop the Green Monster in left field. Let's take a walking tour of the home of the Red Sox.

Details, Details

Opened: April 20, 1912

Capacity: 37,499

Cost: $650,000

What is that in 2013 dollars?: $15.7 million (still a bargain!)

All-Star Games hosted: 1946, 1961, 1999

Cost of beer per ounce in 2013: $0.60, highest in baseball

Excerpt from two-star Yelp review: "Think of your least favorite restaurant. Now imagine that Abe Lincoln used to eat there all the time, that Adolf Hitler once stopped in for a bite, and that it was a favorite of Martin Luthur King. Does the food there taste any better? Is the experience more enjoyable? No."

Excerpt from five-star Yelp review: "Woohoo it is. Period. Was this review …?"

The Photo Album

All photos by Eye on Baseball, which today means my phone. Here is the back of the big center field video screen:

And now the brand new Carl Yastrzemski statue, which was unveiled just last month:

Know that huge CITGO sign beyond the Green Monster? You catch a glimpse of it whenever someone hits a homer to left. The sign looks nice and close on television, but in reality it's several blocks aways:

Speaking of the Green Monster, here's a shot from the center field-most seat of the front row atop the wall. The picture doesn't do the view justice, but here it is anyway:

On my way back in, I came across the wall commemorating all the live performances held at Fenway over the years. That's maybe 50-percent of the wall.

I'm something of a building/skyline buff, so here's a look out to right field with the Boston skyline in the background. To bad the weather didn't cooperate.

I wound up on the suite level, where the walls are lined with old Sport Illustrated covers. I remember thinking "lol wut" the day this one showed up in mailbox:

Sports Illustrated was four years early on that World Series call, so I guess they were ahead of the curve.

Anyway, here's the final photo, the visitor's bullpen. Justin Verlander stepped in to throw his between-starts bullpen a minute or two later:

The Breakdown

Fenway is most definitely a hitter's park, especially if you can spray the ball out to left field. The Green Monster has turned more than few routine fly balls into doubles over the years.

And now, it's time to play ball.

 
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