Pomp and circumstance today as the Boston Red Sox take on Tampa Bay at Fenway Park for the stadiums 101st season. Hopefully the 1-5 Red Sox can pull off a win today amidst the celebration and give us Boston fans something to really cheer for.
As a Red Sox fan I’m trying to stay optimistic.
Last year’s start was even worse, an 0-6 flop overshadowed by a 7-20 September collapse that left them out of the playoffs . But they did surge from last year’s early troubles to take sole possession of first place in the AL East by May 27th. Just keep the chicken and beer out of pre game snacks and we should be fine – I hope.
Now back to the park.
Historic Fenway Park, currently the oldest Major League Baseball stadium in use, is home to the Boston Red Sox. Considered to be one of the best-known sports venues in the world, even if you’re not a fan of baseball or sports in general, for the most part you still have heard of the place. Known for its ‘Green Monster’ and iconic greats to have donned a Sox jersey, today we celebrate the ballparks 100th anniversary. April 20th, 1912, the Red Sox beat the New York Highlanders (later to become the Yankees) in the first regular-season game there.
Dedicated Red Sox fans have sold out every Red Sox home game since May 15, 2003. As of December 2011, the Red Sox have had over 713 consecutive sellouts – shattering the record of the previous MLB record for sellouts was 455, set by the Indians from 1995-2001. The Red Sox surpassed that mark on September 8, 2008.
Who are some of the most well known men to have played for Boston?
Babe Ruth and Cy Young, to Ted Williams, Roger Clemens, Mo Vaughn (my first athletic crush, second was Rodman – dont judge me), Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, Kevin Youkillis and my man David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz.