To baseball fans, Fenway Park is a magnificent shrine. They speak with such reverence that when you approach this park a few blocks west of downtown Boston, you half-expect to see a structure that resembles the pyramids.
The shock is how modest, how unpretentious, how lovably dumpy this old charmer is. The Rockies walk from their clubhouse to the dugout through a hallway that resembles a dungeon tunnel. It’s moldy and leaky. The paint, a gruesome off-white, is peeling.
But that’s all part of the fun. At Fenway, the past lives. This is where Ted Williams and Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson and Tony Conigliaro and Roger Clemens and Josh Beckett have ripped home runs and launched fastballs. This is a destination where yesterday and today meet.
Coors Field is all about gleam. No doubt, it ranks as a grand urban ballpark, with terrific views of the mountains and downtown Denver.
But there’s little heritage there. Everything is just so.
Fenway is old, creaky and completely wonderful.