Yawkey Way is a great place for fans to enjoy themselves before the game…bands, food, etc. Named for Thomas Yawkey, who owned the Red Sox for many decades.
Fenway Park opened on April 20, 1912…five days after the Titanic sank. At that time, sitting behind poles that supported ballpark roofs was fairly common. I think it’s called an “obstructed view seat.” I’m sure there have been more colorful descriptions from patrons over the years.
This is the left field foul pole from on top of the Green Monster. This pole became famous during the 1975 World Series when Boston’s Carlton Fisk was “waving” his home run fair to win Game Six. The 12th inning, game-winning homer actually struck the pole. Of course the Reds still won the series. Fisk once jokingly told me “we won that series, 3 games to 4!” The right field foul pole is, of course, named for Johnny Pesky .
Fans sit in the “Monster Seats,” during batting practice. I was there when they opened at the beginning of the 2003 season. I have the distinction of having broadcast as a visiting announcer for three different teams at Fenway: Baltimore, Cincinnati and now the Royals. I still don’t think I’ve been on the winning side yet.
If these walls could talk! The tunnel from the visitors cramped clubhouse down to the dugout. Just think of all the great players who have made their way down this tunnel over the decades.
Manager Trey Hillman and Billy Butler chatting hours before the game.
The standings on the outfield wall making Red Sox fans happy on this day. Especially with New York in last place.