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May 31, 2012



Goose Bumps. that is how i describe my feeling when I visited Fenway several years ago. I ain't no RedSox Fan. As you say every place in the park had a story to tell and the guide was good. For a baseball fan since childhood, reliving history was a great feeling.


Touching Story. I am from Malaysia, don't know baseball but I understand the key message. History teaches us so many things as the author appropriately states "Are these legends simply stories from our yesteryear, or are they a part of the clubs/our foundation?"
Now you raised my curiousity about Baseball. Next visit to US I ask my US team memebers to show me baseball.

Baseball Fan

Here is history or Carlton Fisk Pole for the readers. (Source Wilkipedia)
The Fisk Foul Pole: On June 13, 2005, the Red Sox honored Carlton Fisk and the 12th-inning home run that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series by naming the left field foul pole, which the famous home run contacted, the Fisk Foul Pole. In a pregame ceremony from the Monster Seats, Fisk was cheered by the Fenway Park crowd while the shot was replayed to the strains of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, the song longtime Fenway Park organist John Kiley originally played following the home run. The Red Sox scheduled the ceremony to coincide with an interleague series against the Cincinnati Reds, who were making their first trip back to Fenway Park since the '75 Series.

Thirty years later, the video of Fisk trying to wave the ball fair remains one of the game's enduring images. Game 6 is often considered one of the best games played in major league history. The crowd remembered that magical moment at precisely 12:34 a.m. ET early on the morning of Oct. 22, 1975, when Fisk drove a 1-0 fastball from Cincinnati right-hander Pat Darcy high into the air, heading down the left-field line. "The ball only took about two and half seconds," recalled Fisk. "It seemed like I was jumping and waving for more than two and a half seconds." Two and a half seconds later, the ball caromed off the bright yellow pole, ending one of the most dramatic World Series games ever played and giving the Red Sox a 7-6 win over the Reds in 12 hard-fought innings.[28]

On the field, Fisk threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his former batterymate Luis Tiant.[29] From now on, like the Pesky Pole down the right-field line, the left-field pole will officially be called the Fisk Foul Pole. The idea was the inspiration of the countless fans who contacted the Red Sox about recognizing the historic moment.[28] Fenway's right field foul pole, which is just 302 feet from the plate, is named Pesky's Pole, for light-hitting former Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky. Mel Parnell named the pole after Pesky in 1948 when he won a game with a home run just inside the right field pole.


There is one more touching story from FR to reflect.Thank You.

California Guy (not a Red Sox fan)

During my only visit to Boston, I went with friends to a baseball game at Fenway Park. I do not even remember who was the Red Sox opponent. During the walk from the restaurant, I asked one of my friends how much longer to reach Fenway Park. My friend said that we were already walking next to it. I looked again at the building next to me. It still looked like an old warehouse. Once inside the ballpark, memories of exciting games I had seen on television came back to me.


Let me share our own experience with the visit to Fenway. When we told the tour guide that we were from San Francisco, he tried to lower our expectations about Fenway Park by telling "This stadium is very old and nothing compared to your impressive AT&T park." It seemed that he was correct when we just entered the Fenway Stadium. But that was about it. My wife who does not know anything about baseball (except that her husband and children are crazy about it) can narrate the impressive history about the place.
1. The story behind why there is only one seat in the entire stadium is Red. Yes Ted Williams hit the longest homerun in history there but that is not it. The guy who was sitting in that seat was New York Business man, a Yankee (from an enemy team) who was visiting Boston for business and had some free time so came to watch the game. The best part of the story is that he had fallen asleep and the ball that made history hit him. After that he became Red Sox fan and years later (I believe 2005) Red Sox honored him.
2. The biggest wall in right field was put up because many homerun balls used to travel over the stadium to the streets and break windows of the shops. Red Sox had to pay damages and they created a wall to prevent that.
3. Eventhough Plisky hit only 19 home runs in his entire career which is insignificant compared to others, the uniqueness is that all his home runs were in right field and went close to that pole. We call it Copy Exactly in High Tech world. Consistency and Control.
4. Fenway park is the only stadium that still maintains score board manually operated, maintained by people sitting in a small space and moving numbers.
5. I can go on and on but after going through the tour I felt so good about the visit. The best part of it is that my wife can also narrate all these stories where as she does not anything about how baseball is played.


When I was a graduate student in Boston in the late 70's, I could buy a bleacher seat at Fenway Park for $3. It was the best entertainment value ever for someone with little money. I spent many afternoons and evenings drinking in that magical ballpark, an experience I'll never forget. Go Sox!

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