Faithful to Fenway: Believing in Boston, Baseball, and by Michael Ian Borer

By Michael Ian Borer

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The eco-friendly Monster. Pesky's Pole. The Lone crimson Seat. Yawkey manner. To baseball lovers this record of surprising words conjures up just one position: Fenway Park, domestic of the Boston pink Sox. inbuilt 1912, Fenway Park is Americas oldest significant league ballpark nonetheless in use. In Faithful to Fenway, Michael Ian Borer takes us out to Fenway the place we take a seat in cramped wood seats (often with obstructed perspectives of the enjoying field), the place there's a hand-operated scoreboard and a standard attendance of 20,000 fewer fanatics than so much stadiums, and the place each online game has been bought out given that could of 2003. there isn't any tough Rock Café (like Toronto's Skydome), no swimming pool (like Arizona's Chase Field), and positively no sushi (which has turn into a fan favourite from Baltimore to Seattle). As Borer tells us during this alluring booklet, Fenway is brief on convenience yet lengthy on character.

Faithful to Fenway investigates the mystique of the ballpark. Borer, who lived in Boston ahead of and after the crimson Sox historical 2004 global sequence win, attracts on interviews with purple Sox gamers, together with Jason Varitek and Carl Yastrzemski, administration, together with Larry Lucchino and John Henry, groundskeepers, proprietors, and rankings of lovers to discover what the park skill for Boston and the folks who revere it. Borer argues that Fenway is not anything under a countrywide icon, greater than helpful of the banner outdoors the stadium that broadcasts, “America's so much cherished Ballpark”. definitely as one among New England's maximum landmarks, Fenway captures the hearts and imaginations of a respectful and dedicated public. There are T-shirts, bumper stickers, banners, and snow globes that honor the ballpark. Fenway exhibits up in well known movies, novels, T.V. ads, and in replicated shape in people's backyards—and coming in 2008 to Quincy, Massachusetts, is Mini-Fenway Park, a reproduction stadium equipped particularly for kids.

Full of mythical tales, a laugh anecdotes, and the shared triumph and tragedy of the crimson Sox and their fanatics, Faithful to Fenway bargains a clean and insightful viewpoint, supplying readers an unforgettable pilgrimage to the mecca of baseball.

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Yawkey thought that a new stadium would help draw more fans and revenue that would subsequently make the team better. He flirted with the idea of building a multiple-sport arena, which was the dominant trend from the early 1960s until the late 1980s. Most of Fenway’s original “Golden Age” cousins were demolished during that period and were replaced by large, standardized, multisport cookie-cutter stadiums outside of the city. These stadiums followed their migrating public from the city to the suburbs.

The symbolic quality of Fenway Park beholds “a public and cultural relation among object, tradition, and audience”6 that allows present-day Fenway visitors to be a part of its history each time they enter the ballpark, stand for the seventh-inning stretch and sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” pump their fists and sing along with Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” between the top and bottom of the eighth inning (a relatively new tradition), and cheer for their team together. In many ways, Fenway Park functions like a museum, itself being its most prized possession, holding, and offering.

14 The factual accuracy of a story is often less important than the purpose of the story, the way it’s used, and why certain stories are repeated while others are forgotten. The facts that persons know about Fenway Park tend either to corroborate their own experiences or to be the fodder of Red Sox folklore. Nearly 90 percent of the people I interviewed, including some local sportswriters and persons affiliated with the Red Sox organization, repeated the commonly uttered and accepted story of Fenway Park’s name.

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