People have a lot of nice things to say about Fenway Park, but what about the weird stuff?
Fenway Park turned 100 years old on April 20, 2012 and the whole world took a minute to reflect on their memories of this historic Boston baseball field. Along with thoughtful reflections of games in the past, fans posted online about the Boston Red Sox losing to their opponents.
While the New York Yankees wasted no time beating the centenarians and left them panting to blow out all the candles on the cake, some fans have stranger tales to tell. In addition, there are a few honorable mentions.
1. Children’s fantasy Fenway Park
Idolizing this famous baseball field has sometimes taken a turn toward the strange. One such instance is the “The Prince of Fenway Park” by Julianna Baggott. In it, a 12 year-old boy named Oscar Egg starts living with his father under Fenway Park. The boy’s new friends are, “fairies, pooka, banshee, and other beings that are trapped there, waiting for someone to break the eighty-six-year-old curse that has prevented the Boston Red Sox from winning a World Series.”
2. Strange Fenway Park gas station ‘art’
The CelebrateBoston.com blog considers the Citgo Sign at Fenway Park to be one of the most unusual features of the city. According to their website, the sign was almost torn down in 1970s. However, others felt that it was a form of modern art. For this reason, you can still see it over the, “left field wall at Fenway Park at every Red Sox game.”
3. The curse to reverse the curse
Although it is well known, the lore surrounding the “curse of the Bambino” is an odd part of Fenway Park history. Once Babe Ruth was traded to the New York Yankees, the Red Sox spent 86 years without a World Series title. In 2004, the curse was finally broken. During those nine decades, fans devoted themselves to writing about being cursed in great detail.
4. Odd Fenway Park sacred space movie
Just like with children’s books, when people make a movie about Fenway Park, it is often eyebrow-raising in nature. For instance, the “Joy of Sox” website prompts, “Is Fenway Park a ‘sacred space’? Can sports help us grow spiritually? … a film that looks at the powerful interactions between Red Sox fans and ballplayers through the window of subtle energy, that mysterious force referred to by mystics and healers through the ages, a force which can now be explained by a host of new “weird science” experiments that are as provocative as they are sound.”
5. Fenway Park’s eccentric appearance
In stories recanting reasons that people love Fenway Park, attention is often drawn to the odd way it looks. An older structure, the description often includes references like the ones at CBC.ca that say, “Fenway, its weird dimensions crammed tightly into a vibrant neighborhood, has been home to all sorts of history – fanatics, flakes, fires and flameouts – since the Red Sox beat the New York Highlanders in the opener.”
6. Religion-bending Fenway Park fans
We can all think of special occasions where we question whether or not religions should bend the rules. In spite of that, fans of the Red Sox requested that the Archdiocese of Boston ease up on their “no meat” on Good Friday requirement. Their problem was that Lent-observing did not allow them to eat hot dogs on the Red Sox opening day in 2004.
Evidently, religion and Fenway Park hot dogs are of equal weight in the hearts of some Boston Catholics. Interestingly, six months later, the Red Sox’s Curse of the Bambino was broken.
7. Fenway Park has annoying circa 1912 aspects
The look of a 100 year-old baseball park is definitely going to lean toward antiquated. Nonetheless, some fans are tired of two weirdly old-fashioned aspects of the park. In particular, one fan wrote a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal in 2010 stating, “let’s not delude ourselves that the seating comfort level is anything other than circa 1912, replete with tiny seats with no leg room, obstructed views and sightline misadventures.”
8. Red Sox fans take the trophy
One unusual thing about Fenway Park is how ‘passionate’ the fans are. In particular, Forbes.com listed Boston as a primary city for, “America’s Best Sports Fans.” Regardless, when you attend a Red Sox games, you might see this dedicated fellow. In addition, there are interesting videos by fans like this one.
9. A baseball-related reason for kids to have nightmares
When it is thundering and storming outside, some kids start waking up and complaining that there are monsters in their room. For this reason, if you feel like a child is easily triggered by the mere mention of the term ‘monster,’ be sure to forewarn them about Fenway Park’s “Green Monster.” Thankfully, this is not fantasy or costume-based reality. Instead, the Green Monster is the bizarre name some people call, “Fenway’s 37-foot-high left-field fence.”
10. How to start a civil war in Boston
If you are trying to think of ways to divide the people of Boston, one baseball player has the solution. According to former pitcher Gary Bell, “There’d be a revolution in this town if they got rid of Fenway Park. They can’t ever get rid of this place. Look at it. It’s like a cathedral.” Hopefully, as Bell predicts, the undying love that the people of Boston have for Fenway Park will ensure that it is still standing in 2112.
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