April 13, 2012

YOUR JEALOUSY IS WARRANTED:

Fenway Park, the loveliest green patch on Earth (Father Raymond J. de Souza  Apr 12, 2012, National Post)

 It would be hard to argue with the local view that Boston is North America's premier sports town. They win a lot of championships. The Bruins' Stanley Cup victory last spring came after 39 years, to be sure. But while Toronto fans can relate to a long championship drought, Bostonians can't. Between the Bruins' 1972 and 2011 Stanley Cup victories, the Celtics appeared in nine NBA championships, winning six; the Patriots won three Super Bowls (and appeared in two more); and the Red Sox won two World Series.

The Bruins begin their Stanley Cup defence here on Thursday against the Washington Capitals. They now play in the TD Garden, the successor to the venerable Boston Garden, which was demolished in 1997. My Boston friends were surprised to learn that TD stood for Toronto Dominion, and responded to my furnishing that information with the remark that the "T" in TD was as close as Toronto was going to get to the Stanley Cup. Tough, but fair.

Even without all the championships, Boston would be a great sports city for Fenway Park alone. Friday, the Red Sox face Tampa Bay in the opener of what is Fenway Park's centennial season. That's correct -- 100 years. In an age when arenas and ballparks built in the 1980s are considered outdated and slated for the wrecking ball, the sports gods smile upon Boston for keeping Fenway Park alive and thriving. [...]

As legions of rapacious team owners have demonstrated, any fool can tear something down while extorting taxpayers to build something new. Innovation that respects tradition requires both greater ingenuity and more noble character. Fans have rewarded the Red Sox for their fidelity to Fenway. Friday's home opener will be the 713th consecutive sellout, a major league record. Boston also leads the league in hot dogs sold, by the way: 1.5 million Fenway Franks per year, despite it being one of the smaller parks in baseball.

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