Skip to comments.Some parks age better than others (Fenway Park is a dump)
Posted on 04/22/2012 6:48:26 PM PDT by presidio9
The Boston Red Sox alumni took the field Friday, from Jim Rice to Carl Yastrzemski, from Johnny Pesky to Pedro Martinez, all in a graceful celebration of Fenway Park's 100th birthday.
If Frank McCourt had had his way, the party never would have happened.
McCourt tried to buy his hometown Red Sox in 2001, with a plan to build a new ballpark on his Boston waterfront parking lots. He had the right idea.
Luke Scott of the Tampa Bay Rays took a lot of grief last week for calling Fenway "a dump." He had the right idea too. The Angels have held Sunday chapel services in the shower because there was no other space available in the visiting clubhouse.
Fenway Park is a tiny ballpark wedged into a tiny city block, with tiny seats from an era before fast food had been invented, let alone Lipitor.
It is a dump, but it is a beloved dump, where Grandpa saw Ted Williams and Dad saw Carlton Fisk and the kids saw David Ortiz.
When the triumvirate of John Henry, Larry Lucchino and Tom Werner beat out McCourt and a host of others to buy the Red Sox, the new owners decided to rehabilitate Fenway rather than abandon it. If the outpouring of civic affection on Friday was any indication, the good people of Boston have long made their peace with Fenway's limitations.
McCourt moved on to buy the Dodgers, and to sell them. With ownership of the team set to change hands in eight days, the new owners Mark Walter, Stan Kasten, Magic Johnson and Co. ought to keep the Fenway experience in mind.
Dodger Stadium has room that Fenway does not room to
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Yes but it’s their dump and the Sox fans love it. Everything else is irrelevant.
I have been to fenway, and you can definitely tell it’s 100 years old. but old doesn’t necessarily mean bad.
red sox fans like their stadium just fine. they love the place the way they love their grandmothers, not the way we love, say, megan fox.
that’s an important difference.
Except the fact that while building your team around the most unusual home condtions in all of pro sports may be incredibly effective in the regular season, it has less effect in the post season where the competition is more elite. Fenway Park, not Babe Ruth, was the biggest contributor to a 94-year championship drought. Here's hoping the Sox stubbornly refuse to ever leave.
One can NOT LOVE FENWAY!!
It’s all about the game , the BoSox and the history!!
Yeah, it’s our dump...and we do love us some Fenway!
Thank God Frank McCourt moved to LA... whatttadope!
To be honest, I don't even love my girlfriend the same way I love Megan Fox.
Who the heck is Megan Fox?
Oh wait... I’ll go ask my teen BoSox fan who is more important!
I already know the answer... she ain’t it!
Your son is gay? Sorry to hear that.
Love him for who he is, not what he does.
As he said, She is not attainable, Fenway is a place he can go every day of the season and he will not get herpes from going there.
You have been in Presidio too long!
I find Fenway & Wrigley charming - much better than the concrete bowls of the 70’s.
Red Sox...70’s...Fenway Park. Good times.
They’ve won two World Series in the last 10 years. The two they lost in the 70’s and 80’s could hardly be chalked up to the stadium. The Reds were the stronger team in 1976 and the error by the unfortunate Bill Buckner had nothing to do with the stadium when the Sox lost in 1986.
In 1967 they over achieved and made it to the World Series. They lost to another superior team in the Cardinals with one of the best pitchers of all time, Bob Gibson. The series still went seven and Gibson won three of the four games for the Cardinals. His pitching was dominant in any stadium, so I don’t see how Fenway had anything to do with the Sox loss.
1942 was the last time the Sox were in the Series before 67. This stretch of regular season lack of success does little to bolster your argument.
An actress with lots of tattoos. Pretty face but that is about it.
Thought my hormonal child’s comment was pretty funny though!
God Bless Megan Fox whoever she is
Hmmm... Gay AND a Sawks fan?
No God could be that cruel.