Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Boston Massacre.... The Fantasy Man was there!

There was no John Adams or Paul Revere this time to help save Boston which witnessed its 3rd "Massacre" in 235 years and first since the incredible feat of the 1978 Yankees and the heroics of one Mr. Bucky Dent. As the Yankees destroyed the Red Sox in a five game sweep this past weekend, The Fantasy Man was lucky enough to just be in the stadium Saturday afternoon to witness this castastrophe. Of course, it was a catastrophe that put a smile on my face and a smile on the faces of all the other Yankees fans who outlasted Boston fans still in the stadium in the 9th inning. After the 6th and a Jorge Posada bases clearing triple and the excitement from Yankee fans died down, it was like crickets when the Sox finally came up to the plate. Why? Because all of the Boston fans were already filing out of the stadium. Man, what a sight! The beer never tasted better!

Fenway park is a masterpiece. You walk into this place and you can feel the aura, not like Yankee Stadium, but pretty damn close. I love going to places that feel and look historic and original and Fenway is such a place. As we walked around, I just couldn't help myself but to compare Fenway Park to Yankee Stadium and I thought you guys would enjoy this. Here's a little bit as to what I came up with.....

Food
Yankee Stadium - The best hot dogs in town! NY Pretzels that are unmatched anywhere.
Fenway Park - Sausage and Peppers coming out of their ears. Can't get away from it. Pretzels are smaller that the frozen ones you get in the grocery store. However, more options for Chicken, Sausage, Sandwiches, Pizza.....and Beer! Many different kinds of Beer.

Food Service
Yankee Stadium - Yikes! You can be the 2nd person on line and literally stand there for an inning and a half. The lines go all the way down the hallway. The food customer service at Yankee Stadium blows!!!! People behind the counter are more interested in their nails, hair, and slowness then getting the food out quick and keeping lines short! Arrrghhh!!! I can go off all day about this!
Fenway Park - Young people, college kids serve food and do the vending. They are quick and lines are always short! Excellent!

Fans
Yankee Stadium - Unbeatable! No question the best but most ruthless/dedicated fans in all of sports! I can write pages upon pages on what Yankees fans like to do. Every Boston fan gets heckled no questions asked!
Fenway Park - From what I saw, I did not see one Yankee fan get heckled publically....although it seemed that 75% of fans were Yankee fans anyway. The people seemed.......nice. I had a nice conversation with an elderly lady sitting next to me who had season tickets since she was 10. Talk about die hard! She had the biggest smile on her face when Manny hit that bomb to tie it up 3-3 on Saturday. She made sure I saw that smile. I was going to shake her hand after the game and say good game.....but ooops, she left after the 6th inning! That made me smile!

Souvenir Prices
Yankee Stadium - Through the roof!
Fenway Park - See Yankee Stadium!

Parking
Yankee Stadium - Parking close to stadium for $12. Its a hassle but okay and plenty of parking if they squeeze you in the shady alleyways.
Fenway Park - Parking close to the stadium for $25-$30...if you can find one of the 2 lots. If not, you can park down the street somewhere for free and walk.

Seats
Yankee Stadium - Needs renovating (or a new stadium) but nearly all sightlines are clear. Seats approximately 56,000 and seats are comfortable. Bleachers are benches and are not to comfortable and nobody sits in the spot they are designated. Its a free-for-all!
Fenway Park - Still use the old style chairs under the upper deck. Park holds about 33,000 nice people. So small almost looks like a minor league ballpark. Old Style seats not too comfortable.

Thats all I have for now. This weekend was fantastic! Not only because the Yanks destroyed Boston, but because I got to spend a nice weekend in a city that I have never been too. Although this list above can go either way, I'd still prefer the ruthlessness of Yankee Stadium over Fenway anyday!

Go Yanks!

FM
Fantasy Baseball Express
http://www.fantasybaseballexpress.com

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