The Boston Red Sox are synonymous with the city of Boston. No team in baseball has a more loyal and optimistic fan base. Don't even consider a trip to Boston without a tour of Fenway Park or even better watching a game at this iconic ballpark.
Among the many claims to fame of Fenway Park is its age, constructed in 1912, it is the oldest park in Major League Baseball. Not only has it hosted baseball, but it has also been home to several football teams including the Pats. Pay attention to the scoreboard, it is one of the last of its kind, still, hand-operated. Another thing to look for at Fenway Park is the lone red seat in the right-field bleachers. It marks the spot where in 1946 Ted Williams hit the longest home run inside a ballpark, 502 feet. Because of its unique shape, Fenway Park has a center field corner with a distance of 420 feet the longest in baseball. This is not just any baseball field; it is one-of-a-kind.
The Green Monster
You can't come to Fenway Park and not notice the Green Monster. This is a 37-foot tall wall dominating left field. It is an intimidating sight, and it helps players to field balls that might go out of the park in other fields. A home run over The Green Monster is a badge of honor.
Music is a big part of the Fenway Park game experience. During the seventh-inning stretch, fans sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" as they do in all ballparks but in Boston, you will also hear "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond which has become the unofficial anthem of the team. It is played at every home game between the 7th and bottom of the 8th innings. In 2013 at the first home game after the Boston Marathon Bombing, Neil Diamond took to the field and led the crowd as they sang his song. He has since revealed that the song was written about Caroline Kennedy the daughter of President John F Kennedy and her great-grandfather "Honey Fitz" threw out the first Fenway Park ceremonial pitch in 1912.
Other songs you can expect to hear are "Dirty Water" by The Standells and "Tessie" by Dropkick Murphy's.
Know as the Curse of the Bambino, it all began when Babe Ruth was traded to the Yankees in 1920. It was not one of the Red Sox's best moves. Everyone knows that he went on to be a baseball legend. What happened to the Red Box after this was no World Series wins for 86 years. It certainly could have been a curse, just bad luck or some inept plays, but the curse has now ended much to the delight of diehard Boston fans.
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