04-12-2012 12:55 PM
The season has begun! Not just the gardening season, here in Boston but the beloved season of baseball! Yes, the Red Sox have started their season on the road, so at this point, we are in, not the best place, but we will not discuss that at this time. Our boys of summer will eventually show us a good time!
Tomorrow, the Red Sox will have their home opener. The field will be meticulously manicured, as always; the grounds crew will have every blade of grass in order. Scott’s lawn care products will have been carefully applied; I cannot wait to see what design or logo will embellish the lush, emerald field.
The 330,000 sq. ft. tract of land where “Americas Most Beloved Ball Park” now stands was purchased in 1911, by Mr. Charles Taylor (the then owner of the Boston Globe) for $650,000.00. A new ball park was to be constructed on the site, for the home playing field of the “Boston Pilgrims”. It would be called “Fenway Park” because it was in the Fenway section of the “Emerald Necklace” parks system designed by renowned landscape architect, Fredrick Law Olmsted.
Fenway Park is celebrating its 100th birthday this year! I believe this parcel of land to be the most worshiped, sacred ground in the city of Boston.
While I was getting data ready for this post I came to the realization that I am a Red Sox fan, but I am a bigger fan, of Fenway Park. I am loyal and true to my team, but I love that field!
There is nothing like the feeling that arises when you walk up the ramp to enter the stadium. The first glimpse of the outfield is greener than any green you have ever seen (thanks to Scotts). The awe of the pitcher’s mound clay and the base lines of perfect white gypsum are breathtaking. I get goose bumps just thinking about it.
The grounds crew, I have to say is one of my most favorite sights. I so enjoy them prepping the field, they are like make-up artists on a grand scale. Combing, raking, brushing and spritzing down anything that is out of place. I so enjoy when they come out with the (Scotts) paddles to smooth the clay and dash around the base lines, making for the most perfect playing conditions. I may not know the name of the pitching coach, or the newest member of team or who has the highest RBIs. I do however know the name of the director of grounds; its David Mellor and his “team” Fenway’s grounds crews are the best! They keep our sacred, hallowed grounds pristine!
Night games are magical! The lights, the field, it almost glows. The sky turns from blue to pink to orange, the air changes as the sun sets. The breeze picks up so you can zip up that Sox hoodie that you didn’t know if you should bring or not. The murmur of fans, the billowing scents of sausage, the echoes of hot dog vendors the crunching of peanuts and popcorn beneath your feet.
There is nothing, nothing….like being there!
Fenway will celebrate its 100th birthday all season long! But I, like so many other hundreds of thousand fans, celebrate the honor of Fenway Park every time it is thought of. I have to say that is great when the Sox win; but we are winners always because we get to call Fenway Park home!!!
Happy Birthday Fenway…..Go Sox!!
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