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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.View.jpg


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.

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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 .

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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.Monster Food Stand.jpg 




They’ve got “Monster” food on top of the the Green Monster.  Dogs, peanuts, whatever monsters eat.Monster Stands.jpg


There’s the Green Monster, 37 feet high.  You get the feeling they could add anything they’d like to this ballpark, as long as they painted it that same shade of green.Gathright Stretching.jpg


On the field, Joey Gathright was just a couple of days removed from colliding with teammate David DeJesus in the outfield down in Florida.  Joey stretching the shoulder that popped out of its booth.jpg



Here is a shot of the field from the visiting radio booth at Fenway Park.Casey.jpg


Sean Casey may be the nicest player in all of baseball, surely one of the nicest.  Here posing with some fans who were lucky enough to be on the field at Fenway before the game.





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.









The stairs then take you up to a small dugout.Dugout Pole.jpg 


Fans aren’t the only ones sitting behind poles..sometimes a player has to try to peer around pole in the dugout.Royals in Dugout.jpg



Miguel Olivo and Zach Greinke waiting to do some pregame work at Fenway Park.Trey & Billy.jpg





Manager Trey Hillman and Billy Butler chatting hours before the game.




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Here a security guard helps me show you just how tight it is down the foul lines in the outfield at Fenway Park.Standings.jpg


The standings on the outfield wall making Red Sox fans happy on this day.  Especially with New York in last place.


The Royals had a successful first-ever trip to visit the Marlins in Miami.  It may be the only time they ever play in Dolphin Stadium, since the Marlins hope to be in a new baseball-only facility by 2011.  If it was the only trip, let the record show that the Royals have a winning record in South Florida, 2-1 after winning the first and third games of the interleague series.
And although announcers have nothing to do with how well or poorly a team performs, I want to see the Royals win just as much as you do.  So I felt it was my duty….my obligation to make sure that our hard-working, talented ballplayers kept their focus on baseball, even as they were staying in paradise.  Hey, somebody’s gotta do it!
We stayed in Sunny Isles Beach, FL not too far from the ballpark.  As you can see, the view was great!  From here I could see no baseball players out enjoying themselves…
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The pool was 18 floors below and I still could see no one lounging by the pool….beach.jpg
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I figured I’d better get closer to the action…not because I like the pool mind you…but it’s important that the ballplayers stay focused on their jobs…Spent a couple of days poolside and didn’t see any ballplayers swimming or having fun.  Good…they’re focusing on baseball…
on the beach.jpgI walked up and down the beach….a lot of folks having fun…but our hard-working, selfless group of Royals players must have been at the ballpark…preparing each day to face the first-place Marlins.  But don’t feel sorry for me, even as I spent so much time safeguarding our young team…at the pool and the beach.  Hey, whatever I can
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OK, enough silliness.  To the ballpark we go.  Here are Trey Hillman and Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez.  They managed against each other in the minor leagues.

ballpark2.jpgIt is cavernous to say the least.  Dolphin Stadium.  It’s had many names.  It’s hosted Super Bowls, Orange Bowls.  It’s also hosted the World Series twice.  But as its current name suggests, it’s a football-first stadium.  Doesn’t have the intimacy the Marlins would like for baseball, or a roof and air conditioner that are really necessary much of the year down here.  Again, they hope to have a new home within 3 years.
They’ve called it the “Teal Monster”….most of that out-of-town scoreboard is 26 and a half feet high…not as tall as the Green Monster…but hitters do have to get it over that thing for a home run.   A lot of rockets off the bat become singles or doubles.cheer.jpg
To help raise the spirits of the fans, the Mermaids entertain at Dolphin Stadium  For baseball.guys.jpg
But, in the interest of equal time, and in the interest of making us cover our eyes, the Marlins also have a group of male cheerleaders.  The all-male, plus-size cheerleading squad is new this year.  They’re cleverly nicknamed the “Manatees,” get it?