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Impressions from Fenway

Monday, May 24, 2004

I made it back from Boston, and the Cubs managed not to fall apart on me while I was gone. I was paniced like the rest of Cubdom when I heard Kerry Wood had been placed on the DL, and quite concerned that Kent Mercker was added to the list of walking wounded. From reading news accounts, It doesn't sound like Mike Remlinger was really ready to return to the bigs quite yet, but with no lefty in the bullpen, the Cubs needed to bring him back. We lost two of three to the Giants last week, but then won two of three against the Cardinals at Wrigley. Moises Alou has had some monster games, but that is about the extent of what I was able to learn from a few minutes of ESPN scattered over my weekend.

I attended my first game in Fenway Park, and it was fun. Fenway is very similar to Wrigley Field, but it seems smaller. I don't think the upper deck at Fenway is as deep as the upper deck at Wrigley, but I think there is an extra level. I got to see the BlueJays and the Red Sox go eight and a half innings of very close baseball until the Red Sox scored six in the bottom of the eighth. I was happy to see that the Boston fans lived up to their reputation, and were rather passionate. Unfortunately, I was sitting towards the back of the stadium and learned that they haven't replaced the original seats (or at least I doubt they have), and it was rather cramped. I also think Wrigley/Tribune Company have done a better job of upkeep than the Yawkey family did. I'll end by saying that the Green Monster wasn't as big as I thought it would be, but still pretty high. I don't know how the wind affects Fenway, but I do know that if the Green Monster were in left field at Wrigley, it would make it impossible to hit home runs when the wind was blowing in.

Posted by Byron at May 24, 2004 12:00 AM | Bookmark and Share | BallHype: hype it up!
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