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2012-04-20 08:20:53 AM
Fenway is a beautiful place for the few people who can get good seats. Many of the seats are terrible.

The place should be bulldozed.
 
2012-04-20 09:22:51 AM

notmtwain: Fenway is a beautiful place for the few people who can get good seats. Many of the seats are terrible.

The place should be bulldozed.


Seriously. Awful place to attend, even if it is iconic
 
2012-04-20 09:23:20 AM

notmtwain: Fenway is a beautiful place for the few people who can get good seats. Many of the seats are terrible.

The place should be bulldozed.


Won't happen. Not until every last farking brick is sold..
 
2012-04-20 09:26:11 AM
...looks at the standings, Red Sox roster; pats Subby on his noggin...

The only question in this Yankee fan's mind is which full-throated roar will be louder at Ye Olde Ballpark during today's 100th birthday celebration: Francona's ovation or Bobby V's vilification?
 
2012-04-20 09:30:49 AM

LeatherPenguin: Francona's ovation or Bobby V's vilification?


Clay Buchholz 9.82 ERA?
 
2012-04-20 09:33:37 AM
Well hopefully the Yankees already got all the awful pitching out of their system in the Twins series.
 
2012-04-20 09:34:57 AM

notmtwain: Fenway is a beautiful place for the few people who can get good seats. Many of the seats are terrible.

The place should be bulldozed.


I had good seats. Not great, but good. My only complaint was that the seats weren't designed for tall people.

/Tickets were free
//Loved paying $8.50 for a Sam Adams
///Better than paying $8.00 for a Bud Light
 
2012-04-20 09:36:31 AM

notmtwain: Fenway is a beautiful place for the few people who can get good seats. Many of the seats are terrible.

The place should be bulldozed.


I keep hearing this and I dont get it.
 
2012-04-20 09:36:46 AM

Aar1012:

I had good seats. Not great, but good. My only complaint was that the seats weren't designed for tall people.



They're designed for the Irish, which means they aren't even designed for average height people
 
2012-04-20 09:46:11 AM
I've been to games at Camden Yards (my home ballpark), Nationals Park, PNC Park in Pittsburgh, old Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, and Fenway -- and taken tours or looked in at the ones in Cleveland, Denver, Atlanta, and Dallas. And Fenway was the best by a longshot. Every seat feels like you're practically on the field. The place is beautiful (maybe not the concourses but certainly in the seating area and field. And it feels like going back in time being in there.

Tearing it down or making major renovations would be a crime. And anyone who's never been needs to make a trip there for a game.
 
2012-04-20 09:47:47 AM

The Bestest: Well hopefully the Yankees already got all the awful pitching out of their system in the Twins series.


They took Hughes and Garcia into the parking lot and had them shot?
 
2012-04-20 09:53:23 AM
 
2012-04-20 09:53:35 AM

LeatherPenguin: The Bestest: Well hopefully the Yankees already got all the awful pitching out of their system in the Twins series.

They took Hughes and Garcia into the parking lot and had them shot?


I think Hughes is suffering from fixable mechanics. Garcia.. I think he's just about done. Hopefully Pineda is as good as advertised when he comes back and Andy Pettitte is still Andy Pettitte, or this might be a long year.
 
2012-04-20 09:54:12 AM

MagicBus: I've been to games at Camden Yards (my home ballpark), Nationals Park, PNC Park in Pittsburgh, old Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, and Fenway -- and taken tours or looked in at the ones in Cleveland, Denver, Atlanta, and Dallas. And Fenway was the best by a longshot. Every seat feels like you're practically on the field. The place is beautiful (maybe not the concourses but certainly in the seating area and field. And it feels like going back in time being in there.

Tearing it down or making major renovations would be a crime. And anyone who's never been needs to make a trip there for a game.


I haven't been able to get a good (nonscalped) seat since the 2004 regular season. If you don't mind the obstructed view of support columns blocking your view of home plate, and pink hats on their cell phones chatting and blocking your view of pretty much evrything else, Fenway is the place for you.
/back in the day, even though getting a right field grandstand seat meant obstructed view of home plate, those seat face directly into right field, so you AT LEAST got to see Dwight Evans patrolling his perimeter.
 
2012-04-20 09:56:16 AM
Congratulations.

Your stadium is old.
 
2012-04-20 09:57:11 AM

Nana's Vibrator: MagicBus: I've been to games at Camden Yards (my home ballpark), Nationals Park, PNC Park in Pittsburgh, old Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, and Fenway -- and taken tours or looked in at the ones in Cleveland, Denver, Atlanta, and Dallas. And Fenway was the best by a longshot. Every seat feels like you're practically on the field. The place is beautiful (maybe not the concourses but certainly in the seating area and field. And it feels like going back in time being in there.

Tearing it down or making major renovations would be a crime. And anyone who's never been needs to make a trip there for a game.

I haven't been able to get a good (nonscalped) seat since the 2004 regular season. If you don't mind the obstructed view of support columns blocking your view of home plate, and pink hats on their cell phones chatting and blocking your view of pretty much evrything else, Fenway is the place for you.
/back in the day, even though getting a right field grandstand seat meant obstructed view of home plate, those seat face directly into right field, so you AT LEAST got to see Dwight Evans patrolling his perimeter.


I should also add that I am tall, so my knees hit the back of the poor person in front of me. I'd be considered average to below average weight, and my hips barely fit between the arm rests. And I inadvertantly elbow people to my left and right.

/Happy birthday, shiatbox.
 
2012-04-20 09:59:53 AM
I wish I was making this up:

i.imgur.com
 
2012-04-20 10:00:12 AM
So what are the plans for Wrigley's in a couple of years?
 
2012-04-20 10:01:13 AM
it's a classic, the first time you visit, a dump every other time
 
2012-04-20 10:04:22 AM

Wise_Guy: I wish I was making this up:

[i.imgur.com image 640x378]


LMAO!!!!

That's just perfect!
 
2012-04-20 10:04:24 AM

Wise_Guy: I wish I was making this up:

[i.imgur.com image 640x378]


I wish I could see sales figures for that
 
2012-04-20 10:09:02 AM

The Bestest: So what are the plans for Wrigley's in a couple of years?


I'm thinking sparklers to the first 10,000 fans. They'll have to keep it on a tight budget once Theo starts bidding against himself and hands out a few $25M/yr contracts to injured guys.
 
2012-04-20 10:10:44 AM
Fenway smells like urine. And the seats all seems to face centerfield so limber up your neck before attending.
 
2012-04-20 10:12:19 AM

Wise_Guy: I wish I was making this up:

[i.imgur.com image 640x378]


I hope they make a pink one!
 
2012-04-20 10:12:30 AM
Hating the Red Sox has become fashionable, even amongst Red Sox fans.

There isnt a whole lot to love right now but sometimes you have to close your eyes and root for the laundry. Quit reading the paper, quit going to the games if you dont want to support management, hate the spoiled out of touch player, but root for the laundry.

I know that is a childish way of looking at it and it doesnt work for everyone. It is just getting really tiring heading fans biatch and moan and Fenway has been added to the list of things people complain about now.

/Go Sox.
 
2012-04-20 10:15:04 AM

Gunny Highway: but root for the laundry.


Now they're even changing the laundry!
 
2012-04-20 10:16:25 AM
My grandfather used to take me there a few times every year... I remember that for a while there was a light or something out on the video board and when they'd put Mo Vaughn's face up there it looked like he was missing a front tooth.
/CSB
//Seats were affordable for old immigrants with no money in the 80's and 90's apparently...
 
2012-04-20 10:17:41 AM

MagicBus: I've been to games at Camden Yards (my home ballpark), Nationals Park, PNC Park in Pittsburgh, old Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, and Fenway -- and taken tours or looked in at the ones in Cleveland, Denver, Atlanta, and Dallas. And Fenway was the best by a longshot. Every seat feels like you're practically on the field. The place is beautiful (maybe not the concourses but certainly in the seating area and field. And it feels like going back in time being in there.

Tearing it down or making major renovations would be a crime. And anyone who's never been needs to make a trip there for a game.


I lived in the DC area for about ten years. Camden Yards is probably my favorite ball park of the 15 or so I've been to, including Fenway and the old Yankees Stadium.

/Red Sox fan
 
2012-04-20 10:19:50 AM

Wise_Guy: I wish I was making this up:

[i.imgur.com image 640x378]


Does it come in pink?
 
2012-04-20 10:20:09 AM
why tear it down? it seems that everyone agrees that the seating is terrible. why not just tear all the old seating out and install new seating. maybe redesigning the layout to avoid these poles. maybe they can put up a homerun thingy like miami in fenway? (lol) we really dont need to lose anymore old ball parks anymore. to much history in those old places. plus the new parks just dont have that feel of the old.
 
2012-04-20 10:23:46 AM
Fenway SUCKS! My knees hit the back of the seats of the row in front of me. Is it cool to go there? Yeah once, but it really is a crappy ballpark.

Ever see those JetBlue commercials with the people in the taxi where the driver moves their seat back into the passengers knees? Fenway Park is even worse than airplane seats because the chairs don't move, the seats are more cramped, and you get to sit there for a few hours feeling the pressure of the seat in front of you trying to give you a dislocated knee.
 
2012-04-20 10:23:59 AM
Ive never been and would like to visit. But to be honest. Other than sox fans, everyone always says the place is a shiat hole. I get its historic and all that. But If the facility sucks, the facility sucks.
 
2012-04-20 10:24:18 AM

Gunny Highway: notmtwain: Fenway is a beautiful place for the few people who can get good seats. Many of the seats are terrible.

The place should be bulldozed.

I keep hearing this and I dont get it.


There are some pretty terrible seats there but overall I've always enjoyed my trips to the Fens. (been going at least once every other year since 1978)
I think they did a good job with the updates too.
However I do think a new stadium is in order within the next 20 years.
 
2012-04-20 10:25:22 AM
Probably will never go to a game there. I'm okay with that cause it sounds like its iconic only to them.

Say what you will, my favorite so far has been Camden Yards. Probably because I'm not an O's fan.
 
2012-04-20 10:25:29 AM
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Took this last summer.
 
2012-04-20 10:25:40 AM
www.insidesocal.com
Hey guys. What's all the hullabaloo going on today?
 
2012-04-20 10:26:22 AM
If they tore down Fenway, Pedroia would be the grittiest back-up infielder in the majors.
 
2012-04-20 10:28:27 AM

Freakin Rican: plus the new parks just dont have that feel of the old.


You don't like being told when to cheer?
 
2012-04-20 10:28:55 AM

Primitive Screwhead: Gunny Highway: notmtwain: Fenway is a beautiful place for the few people who can get good seats. Many of the seats are terrible.

The place should be bulldozed.

I keep hearing this and I dont get it.

There are some pretty terrible seats there but overall I've always enjoyed my trips to the Fens. (been going at least once every other year since 1978)
I think they did a good job with the updates too.
However I do think a new stadium is in order within the next 20 years.


Where would the put it?
 
2012-04-20 10:30:05 AM

Gunny Highway: Hating the Red Sox has become fashionable, even amongst Red Sox fans.

There isnt a whole lot to love right now but sometimes you have to close your eyes and root for the laundry. Quit reading the paper, quit going to the games if you dont want to support management, hate the spoiled out of touch player, but root for the laundry.

I know that is a childish way of looking at it and it doesnt work for everyone. It is just getting really tiring heading fans biatch and moan and Fenway has been added to the list of things people complain about now.

/Go Sox.


People have been complaining about Fenway since before the internet. But at the same time, as you'll see today, people cherish it because of the historical significance. What you're seeing is how we're migrating back to the old Boston persona. At least temporarily. I'll catch as many of the 162 as I can. But that includes all 18 of Texas's runs the other day, thus giving me the right to be a curmudgeon about it.
Also, I'm not sure I equate accepting management with rooting for the laundry. By and large, they have been doing a great job. But (I feel) the Red Sox are much bigger to Boston than owners and management. Their suits may just be laundry as well.
 
2012-04-20 10:31:16 AM
CSB Time
I spent 6 weeks in Boston's North End in 1975 with my grandparents. I was 12. Every day the Sox were in town, my grandmother would give me a $5 bill. I'd hop the Green Line at Haymarket and ride to Kenmore. I'd make a choice of getting a standing room ticket in the grandstand for $1.50 or a general admission ticket for the bleachers for $1. I could buy a hotdog, a coke and an ice cream, watch the game from the bleachers and ride back home with a dime leftover.

Wish I could be there today to see Yaz, Fisk, Dewey, Lynn and Rice.
 
2012-04-20 10:31:21 AM
Been to old Yankee stadium and Fenway park and Wrigley field - all three should of been made a historic landmark, although I haven't seen the New Yankee stadium, I kind of understand the need to upgrade to a more modern stadium, the Miami Marlins have a very nice park to bad they can't fill the stadium.

/At least Boston doesn't have to give away 10,000 playoff tickets and only get 2,000 seats filled - Sorry Rays you lose.
 
2012-04-20 10:39:30 AM

beantowndog: Freakin Rican: plus the new parks just dont have that feel of the old.

You don't like being told when to cheer?


oh god no i dont.
 
2012-04-20 10:41:11 AM
Fenway is a fantastic place to see a baseball game. Once. After that the nostalgia is gone and you realize the place was built at a time when people were rather tiny. I'm 6 feet / 185 pounds and the seats are still tight.
 
2012-04-20 10:42:04 AM

Gunny Highway: Primitive Screwhead: Gunny Highway: notmtwain: Fenway is a beautiful place for the few people who can get good seats. Many of the seats are terrible.

The place should be bulldozed.

I keep hearing this and I dont get it.

There are some pretty terrible seats there but overall I've always enjoyed my trips to the Fens. (been going at least once every other year since 1978)
I think they did a good job with the updates too.
However I do think a new stadium is in order within the next 20 years.

Where would the put it?


That's the rub.
It will more than likely have to be built outside of Boston.
 
2012-04-20 10:42:55 AM

soopey: [www.insidesocal.com image 640x480]
Hey guys. What's all the hullabaloo going on today?


Son of a biatch!
 
2012-04-20 10:44:51 AM

Misconduc: Been to old Yankee stadium and Fenway park and Wrigley field - all three should of been made a historic landmark, although I haven't seen the New Yankee stadium, I kind of understand the need to upgrade to a more modern stadium, the Miami Marlins have a very nice park to bad they can't fill the stadium.

/At least Boston doesn't have to give away 10,000 playoff tickets and only get 2,000 seats filled - Sorry Rays you lose.


Loved old Yankee Stadium. but i have no complaints about the new stadium. Its gorgeous. Well designed. Really would love to check out wrigley and fenway, but my dbag friends from boston are too pussy to do a yankees sox game in fenway and yankee stadium apparantly.
 
2012-04-20 10:45:08 AM

21-37-42: CSB Time
I spent 6 weeks in Boston's North End in 1975 with my grandparents. I was 12. Every day the Sox were in town, my grandmother would give me a $5 bill. I'd hop the Green Line at Haymarket and ride to Kenmore. I'd make a choice of getting a standing room ticket in the grandstand for $1.50 or a general admission ticket for the bleachers for $1. I could buy a hotdog, a coke and an ice cream, watch the game from the bleachers and ride back home with a dime leftover.

Wish I could be there today to see Yaz, Fisk, Dewey, Lynn and Rice.


Should we get off your lawn? ;)
 
2012-04-20 10:45:35 AM

Misconduc: Been to old Yankee stadium and Fenway park and Wrigley field - all three should of been made a historic landmark, although I haven't seen the New Yankee stadium, I kind of understand the need to upgrade to a more modern stadium, the Miami Marlins have a very nice park to bad they can't fill the stadium.

/At least Boston doesn't have to give away 10,000 playoff tickets and only get 2,000 seats filled - Sorry Rays you lose.


At least the Yankees were brave enough to admit the place had become a hole and needed to be redone. I think the new stadium really is very nice. They did a great job (and lord knows they had the money). Anyone whining about the sanctity of the old stadium needs to remember it was gutted anyway in 1973.
 
2012-04-20 10:45:37 AM
I'm among the demographic that probably SHOULD be complaining about the seating at Fenway (I'm a husky boy and slightly above average height) but I really don't think it's all that bad. OK, so you can't stretch your legs out and kick back or sit with your elbows kicked out in a relaxing position, but you're not being crammed into a space that would make a contortionist cringe, either.

/Feel the same way about airplane seats
//Not that bad unless you're morbidly obese/morbidly tall
 
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