This is basically the opening weekend of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. So to commemorate the occasion I thought I'd post a panorama of Fenway Park taken during the Red Sox's last home game of last season. At the time of this shot, the Red Sox were fighting for a playoff spot and they were playing the Orioles with Josh Beckett pitching. The Red Sox pretty much had a playoff spot locked up but they had a horrible September and ended up not going. This was one of those games they lost. They finished the season so poorly, that their manager, Terry Francona, quit along with allegations of players drinking beer and eating fried chicken in the locker rooms during games among other things. Not good...
Speaking of the Red Sox losing, they opened this season against my Detroit Tigers in Detroit and lost the first three games! Woohoo! I guess the new manager of the Red Sox, Bobby Valentine, hasn't quite done the trick yet!
I will say this about the Red Sox... I can understand why people love them, especially those in the Boston area.. Their stadium is great! There is so much history there and there are a lot of great stories about it. We took a tour of the place after we saw this game and it was incredible. And this year, it will turn 100 years old and become recognized as a national historic landmark. That means that from now on, no changes can be made to the stadium other than safety issues and the like. No more seats can be added, no changes to the dugouts or anything else you can think of can be done to it. That's pretty exceptional when you think about it! If you ever get a chance to see a game there, I highly recommend it!
Oh and one other thing.. If you do go, eat at the Bleacher Bar. It is a restaurant that sits behind the wall in left-center field and during practice, they have the windows open and you can see and hear the payers as if you were in the outfield yourself. During games, they close the windows, but you can still see the goings-on of the game! Awesome! You can see it in this shot.. It is the first opening in the wall to the right of the Hyundai sign. It's directly below the "m" and the "e" in the Bank of America sign and it's right down there on the field. If you click on the picture, you will get a larger shot and you'll be able to see it better.
PS.. I'm not real happy with how the sky turned out in this one, but it was the best pano of the night! Enjoy and thanks for dropping by!