Boston Landmark, Fenway Park, Turns 100

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The home of the Red Sox may be a Boston landmark but it also holds a place in baseball history. The big green wall in left field is known as the Green Monster. Some fans are paying more than $1,000 to sit on top of the Green Monster when the Red Sox play Friday.


Boston's Fenway Park, home to the Red Sox, turns 100 today. Its many, many star turns include a mention in the movie "Field of Dreams."


KEVIN COSTNER: (as Ray Kinsella) I think something is going to happen at the game. I don't know what. But there's something at Fenway Park and I've got to be there with Terrence Mann to find it out.

AMY MADIGAN: (as Annie Kinsella) Is Fenway the one with the big green wall on left field?


That's the one. The Green Monster - or monstah(ph) , as they say in Boston - houses Fenway's antique manual scoreboard.

INSKEEP: Some fans are paying more than $1,000 to sit on top of the Green Monster when the Red Sox play tonight.

COSTNER: Glenn Stout is author of the book "Fenway 1912 "

GLENN STOUT: Because of the age of the stadium, it is very much - and in a very physical way - a shared experience, you know. If somebody on one end of your aisle jumps up in joy, you know, there's going to be a ripple effect all the way down your aisle, because you're crowded so close together.

NEARY: Ken Greenwood has been an usher at Fenway for 45 seasons.

KEN GREENWOOD: Even though they change - make little tweaks here and there, it still seems like it's the same ballpark that I came to as a kid.

INSKEEP: The same right field foul pole, the same Fenway franks, and the same dedicated fans who rise not just for a seventh inning stretch, but also for an eighth inning sing-along.

CROWD: (Singing) Sweet Caroline...

NEARY: And they will sing as the Red Sox play their rivals, the New York Yankees, at Fenway today.


NEIL DIAMOND: Sweet Caroline, good times never seemed so good. I've been inclined to believe they never would. But...

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