Sunday, April 15, 2012

One Hundred Years At Home!

Not too often we have a chance to commemorate the century of anyone or something. However, the Boston Red Sox are thrilled to be celebrating this season the one hundred years of existence of America´s most beloved baseball stadium: Fenway Park!

It is, in fact, the oldest baseball stadium in the country. Generations and generations of Red Sox fans and baseball fans from all over the world have come to visit this magical park that mystically makes you fall in love with it from the moment you walk into it. Its electric atmosphere, die-harded and unconditional fans, and fascinating players make you feel so involved and welcomed into the team that you feel that  you fit in… that you belong there… well, that you are at home, really! (except if you are a Yankee fan, of course)

This ball park has seen uncountable baseball prospects become stars, and stars become Hall of Famers. Fenway has also witnessed unbelievable plays go down to history like A-Rod and Varitek´s fight and last year´s triple play against the Rays, beaten curses like the Bambino one, and won championships like the two most recent ones in 2004 and 2007.

Let´s understand how big a celebration this is and how lucky we are to be a part of it. This is like one of those moon or sun eclipses that happen every 100 years and we have the opportunity to see. So, regardless of how disappointing last season´s ending was and how much it still hurts, it is time to put it behind us. Everyone on the team has done so already and is fully focused on this year´s team success, and so should we.

Opening day finally arrived to Fenway Park this past Friday after a long off/pre season full of changes. And, even though it did not begin the way we wanted to, the Red Sox should be serious World Championship contenders. They now have a new managerial staff, and players are committed to the new team policies and mentality, so let´s enjoy and take part of this special year for Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox and ourselves: the fans.

This is a team that believe they can add up to the celebration by giving Fenway Park a very special gift for its 100th birthday. One thing is for certain though, Fenway Park will keep writing its history and being one of the most popular landmarks in the city of Boston for many more years, so happy birthday Fenway Park and many more to come!

- Y gracias por no fumar!

Opening day 2012 at Fenway Park. Picture from Alfredo Gago´s collection

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