When There is a New Fenway, Leave the Wall Behind
I love Fenway Park. Ever since the first time I ever step foot into this extraordinary and momentous ballpark, I have been in love. In this case, I believe in love at first sight.
I remember seeing the Green Monster in all its immaculate beauty. I respect the Green Monster for its memoirs, quirks, and flat out refusal of modern times. I respect an inanimate object; I respect a wall.
With all that being said, when there is a new Fenway, whenever that is (I’m in no hurry), leave the wall behind.
The Green Monster was originally built as a result of the street layout around the park, Lansdowne Street. To counteract the undersized distance from home and to deter people from catching a free game, the wall was made abnormally tall. The rest is history.
The Green Monster is a unique symbol of the time and era it was built. To reproduce this landmark removes the uniqueness and all the genuineness. Obviously, the new park will not be limited by street layouts so a faux monster would be a gimmick.
I understand gimmicks are a staple of new ballparks (Houston’s elevation in center field, McCovey’s Cove, etc.) but a fake Green Monster is not only a cheap imitation but is impractical to the game of baseball.
If the architects of Fenway Park were not limited by Landsdowne, they would not have erected a ridiculously large fence in shallow left field.
What I propose is leave the wall as is, where it is. I don’t care if the rest of the stadium is torn down and redeveloped as long as the monster stays standing tall. It is an artifact, a symbol of Boston and baseball. It is one of a kind, and I say let’s keep it that way.
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