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Nothing like Fenway in October10/03/2004 5:00 PM ET
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
BOSTON -- The oldest of Major League Baseball's 30 venues, historic Fenway Park -- which opened in 1912 -- is ready to host postseason baseball for the 15th time.
Fenway still has that ambiance, as thousands of tourists trek there every summer to gaze at the Green Monster, not to mention various other nooks and crannies at the fabled yard in Boston's back bay.
New ownership has revamped the park with several improvements over the last three seasons, most notably the highly coveted seats atop the Monster and the roof seats above the facade in right field.
There are several things that make Fenway Park unique, such as the 37-foot tall Monster, the 302-foot hook to the Pesky Pole in right field, the triangle at the 420-foot mark in right-center, and the strikingly little amount of foul territory.
The Red Sox used the park as an advantage all season, going 55-26.
But the dimensions aren't the only thing that make Fenway a daunting place for the opposing team. The Fenway faithful are among the most rabid and knowledgeable fans in the game, providing electricity from the first pitch to the last.
Unless a game is completely out of hand -- as in a double-digit difference in the score -- the park remains full for all nine innings.
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