The Red Sox Celebrate 100 Years
“Play Ball!” will be sending chills down the spines of many fans on April 13th 2012. It is opening day at Fenway Park, which will begin the year-long celebration for the Red Sox “100 years”!
Fans were concerned when John Henry took over as the owner of the Boston Red Sox in 2002. They were worried that Fenway Park would be demolished and replaced with a modern “up to date” stadium. Many people protested and even created a “Save Fenway” campaign. The fans voices were heard, instead of ruining Fenway’s tradition and history it was simply upgraded in some areas rather than being completely re-made. After ten years of upgrading, Fenway Park was added to the list of the National Register of Historic Places on March 3,2012. Fenway now lives up to its expectation more than ever of “the nation’s most beloved ballpark”. Fenway’s history will be celebrated during this season as they created a celebration of the ballpark’s anniversary.
Some events include:
- On April 19th Fenway Park will transform into a museum for the day and will be open to the public. Fans will be able to visit areas that are usually not open to the public and will get a chance to meet past players and see displays of the Red Sox history.
- Fenway’s official birthday is on April 20th. The Red Sox will play against the New York Yankees as they did on the very first home opener in the year 1912. There will be a pre-game ceremony with Boston baseball stars from past years. Both teams will be wearing throwback uniforms modeled after the ones they wore on the very first game.
- May 2nd will be “Throwback Day.” The Red Sox and opponent Oakland Athletics will wear uniforms based on the ones used in 1936, which is the year the Red Sox owner, Tom Yawkey brought Jimmie Foxx to Boston.
The Red Sox have many other events planned for the season that are yet to be announced. Fenway has been well known for its many structures; The Green Monster, Pesky Pole, CITGO sign, the old fashion scoreboard and of course who can forget the famous Fenway Franks! Going to Red Sox games is so much more than just a game to the fans, it’s tradition and history. Put on your Blue and Red and get ready to celebrate 100 Years with the Boston Red Sox!