The Monster Mash

I spent a very pleasant 2 hours and 36 minutes of my Sunday afternoon among 37,606 people at Fenway Park, watching the Red Sox lose to the lowly Birds of Baltimore, 6-2.

Fenway 7.26.09 017Later, it occured to me that the fact that the Red Sox lost was lost in the midst of a wonderful experience at the old ballyard.  The Monster Seats are terrific.

Six of us had first row seats in section ten, in left-center by the flagpole.  There’s a ledge to put your beers, cameras and binoculars on, and best of all, you can stand if you want, and you’re not blocking anyone’s view.

Fenway was falling apart when the John Henry group bought the team.  Would they have preferred a new park?  Hell, yes.  But Boston being Boston, this wasn’t going to happen, so they set about maximizing what they had inside and outside the friendly confines.

Adam "Rabbit Ears" Jones

Adam "Rabbit Ears" Jones

There’s plenty of room to move atop the old Green Monster, the facilities are just dandy, and they even have someone constantly collecting trash.

And yes, the left and centerfielders can hear you if you’re loud enough.  (One of  our guys yelled at O’s CF Adam Jones, “Hey, we got Birds fans up here!”  Jones looked up and smiled, then the guy added, “Yeah, we’re appalled too!”)

I do think a day at Fenway is too expensive for most fans, from parking to tickets to beers and dogs. 


Monster prices: $13.50 for a dog and a Bud.

Monster prices: $13.50 for a dog and a Bud.

But it was a marvelous treat, another item crossed off the “to do” list, as one of the boys pointed out.  If you ever get the opportunity, jump on it, and don’t forget the sunscreen.

And it really won’t matter whether the Sox win or lose.  (Well, almost.)


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5 Responses to The Monster Mash

  1. Joene says:

    I’m jealous … monster seats are on my’ to do.’

  2. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    You may think the dog-and-a-beer price is high, but cheery, helpful concessionaires like the guy in the picture don’t come cheap.

  3. fromlaurelstreet says:

    Next time you’re at Fenway Park, I hope you take a stroll through the victory gardens a couple blocks away (Boylston/Park Drive).

    It’s the oldest continuously used Victory Gardens in the United States, in constant use since WWII.

    I had a triple plot there from 1987 to 2001. It’s absolutely wonderful. Most people grow flowers now, rather than vegetables, and use their plots as personal outdoor space. I had enough room to do all three, however. My dogs especially loved when the peas came in.

    Sadly, one of the best restaurant rows burned down this past February (Peterborough Street) but Canestaro’s is still down at the lower end for way better food than you’ll find in the park.

    • Gerry says:

      When we were kids, my brother and I always cut through the Victory Gardens to get from the family plumbing shop on Westland Avenue to Fenway Park.

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