I was really surprised at the quaintness of Yawkey Way, which looks more like an alley or a Dickensian street than a thoroughfare to one of the most visited Major League Baseball parks in the nation.
The reigning world champion Red Sox are a hard ticket to come by. Every game in the 38,000+ seat is a sell-out. Those ticket are $195 each. You have to buy two tickets, five years in advance, and they go as soon as they’re made available each spring. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to go. Many tour operators and ticket brokers have tickets available for you to purchase.
The walls to the press boxes are lined with all sorts of memorabilia and awards.
A few media outlets have their own press boxes, and there are some private boxes as well.
From the heights of the press boxes we walked back down to the next level, where some of the restaurants and clubs are located.
He told us all about the Green Monster - and the line that delineates what makes and what doesn't make a home run. Because of the ballpark's unique footprint - it's shorter on the freeway side where the Green Monster stands - every hit that smacks the wall past a certain line is considered a home run. Otherwise, it's "off the wall."
The color of the Green Wall is the green Mrs. Yawkey thought the grass was. The Red Sox owns the color. Of course, how could I tell with the snow?
Steve told us about Pesky’s Pole, He shared abut the fantastic old wooden grandstand seats and the newer red seats that cover most of the park. He insisted Fenway Park is the most difficult of all the parks for MLB pitchers.
He unrolled a tale about who changes out the scores on one of only two manually-operated scoreboards in the Majors, what the Morse code on the Green Monster stands for, and who sat in the Lone Red Seat and got conked on the head by a home run.
By the time the tour was complete, I felt I knew more about Fenway Park than almot anyone else. Now I want to come back in the spring and experience a game here.
For any baseball fan, a pilgrimage to Fenway Park has to be on the schedule. Tours are conducted on the hour every day of the week -- Monday through Saturday starting at 9 a.m. and Sunday starting at noon. The last one leaves at 3 p.m. -- or three hours before a game on game day.
Fenway Park * 4 Yawkey Way * (617) 226-6666 * bostonredsox.com * Green Line B, C, or D to Kenmore or D to Fenway
UPDATE 9/13/17. I still haven't been back to Boston, though doing these updates has me thinking about it again. Sadly, tour guide Steve Meterparel has passed away.
This story has been updated with photo credits, a few photo edits and... well, frankly, a PUBLISH. This is one of several pieces from 2008 that either were unpublished (I may have been negotiating to sell the story to a magazine or newspaper) or that somehow got unpublished. So there you go.
Click here to read through my Boston City Guide. It is surprisingly still relevant.