Faithful to Fenway: Believing in Boston, Baseball, and America's Most Beloved Ballpark / Edition 1

Faithful to Fenway: Believing in Boston, Baseball, and America's Most Beloved Ballpark / Edition 1

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by Michael Ian Borer, Bruce Robbins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814799779

ISBN-13: 9780814799772

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

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The Green Monster. Pesky's Pole. The Lone Red Seat. Yawkey Way. To baseball fans this list of bizarre phrases evokes only one place: Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Built in 1912, Fenway Park is Americas oldest major league ballpark still in use. In Faithful to Fenway, Michael Ian Borer takes us out to Fenway where

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The Green Monster. Pesky's Pole. The Lone Red Seat. Yawkey Way. To baseball fans this list of bizarre phrases evokes only one place: Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Built in 1912, Fenway Park is Americas oldest major league ballpark still in use. In Faithful to Fenway, Michael Ian Borer takes us out to Fenway where we sit in cramped wooden seats (often with obstructed views of the playing field), where there is a hand-operated scoreboard and an average attendance of 20,000 fewer fans than most stadiums, and where every game has been sold out since May of 2003. There is no Hard Rock Café (like Toronto's Skydome), no swimming pool (like Arizona's Chase Field), and definitely no sushi (which has become a fan favorite from Baltimore to Seattle). As Borer tells us in this captivating book, Fenway is short on comfort but long on character.

Faithful to Fenway investigates the mystique of the ballpark. Borer, who lived in Boston before and after the Red Sox historic 2004 World Series win, draws on interviews with Red Sox players, including Jason Varitek and Carl Yastrzemski, management, including Larry Lucchino and John Henry, groundskeepers, vendors, and scores of fans to uncover what the park means for Boston and the people who revere it. Borer argues that Fenway is nothing less than a national icon, more than worthy of the banner outside the stadium that proclaims, “America's Most Beloved Ballpark”. Certainly as one of New England's greatest landmarks, Fenway captures the hearts and imaginations of a deferential and devoted public. There are T-shirts, bumper stickers, banners, and snow globes that honor the ballpark. Fenway shows up in popular films, novels, television commercials, and in replicated form in people's backyards—and coming in 2008 to Quincy, Massachusetts, is Mini-Fenway Park, a replica stadium built especially for kids.

Full of legendary stories, amusing anecdotes, and the shared triumph and tragedy of the Red Sox and their fans, Faithful to Fenway offers a fresh and insightful perspective, offering readers an unforgettable pilgrimage to the mecca of baseball.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814799772
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
796,609
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION
The Sociology of Green Monsters and Broken Curses
BOSTON BELIEVES
Fenway Park, a “Lyrical Little Bandbox”
THE BIRTH OF AN URBAN BALLPARK
Leisure, Nostalgia, and the Baseball Creed
THE BALLPARK AT REST
The Civic Partnership between Boston, the Red Sox, and the Fenway Faithful
OBJECTS OF FAITH AND CONSUMPTION
Souvenirs, Replicas, and Other Representations of Fenway Park
SOME DIAMONDS ARE NOT FOREVER
Debating the Future of Fenway Park
BELIEVE IN BOSTON
Red Sox Nation and the Cultural Power of Place
APPENDIX
Making the Familiar Strange: Urban Sociology at the Ballpark
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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