Thursday Doors – June 1, 2017

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Play Ball! Fenway Park, Boston MA

First a confession: due to crappy weather and being short for time I have not been on a doorscursion in over a month 😦  so again this week I dig into my archives. This time back to a visit a few years ago to the oldest park in major league baseball – Fenway Park in Boston.

What this place lacks in wonderful doors, it more than makes up for in history.

Home of the Red Sox since 1912 Fenway has a seating capacity of just under 38,000 making it one of the smaller parks in the major leagues, but that just adds to the charm of the place.

For a baseball fan or a sports fan in general, visits to places like Fenway or Wrigley Field in Chicago make for top tier bucket list material, so I consider myself pretty lucky to have been to games here on a number of occasions.

And the fact that Boston is a little over a 6-hour drive from me makes it a do-able road trip destination for a 3 or 4-day weekend.

Arriving a good hour before game time is a great way to soak in the atmosphere and all of that history of this glorious old building.

One of the entrances on Yawkey Way – before the crowds start

Of course when the crowds start filing in and the liquid refreshments start flowing it only adds to the show. It doesn’t matter who they’re playing or even who wins – attending a game at Fenway is an event.

As you make your way into the stadium the pennants and banners are a reminder of the teams’ successes over the years.

The last time we were there the skies were threatening right up until game time, but as we made our way to our seats the clouds began to scatter making it a perfect spring day for a ball game.

The famous left field wall known as the Big Green Monstah (that’s “monster” to you non-chowdah heads) was covered with one of the biggest flags I’ve ever seen.

As an homage to the history of the place I played around in Lightroom with one of my game shots to bring out that old time feel.

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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59 Responses to Thursday Doors – June 1, 2017

  1. There seems to be so much palpable history and community in these photos. I love how you captured the spirit and the old time edit is icing on the cake. 🙂

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  2. reocochran says:

    You did a beautiful homage photograph in this post of Fenway Park, Norm.

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  3. reocochran says:

    Historical stadiums are always special and relevant. Preserving rather than tearing down, warms my heart. When they took down Cleveland (Ohio) stadium, we were there. It was summertime and Albert Belle was hitting baseballs and making records. The final day before the wrecking ball, he and the team came out to greet and shake hands with us. Before cellphones and constant pictures, someone my youngest daughter and her stepbrother got signatures. Some say he was arrogant in his career but he shook my ex-husband’s hand and was not all ride to my children. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous graphs of a landmark location, Norm. 🙂

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  4. Vicky says:

    Lovely post Norm, I just love reading about something that is so out of my culture. It allows me to share into so many different experiences from places that I will never get to. That big flag is pretty impressive and the turquoise paint goes a long way to making the stadium/park look very eye-catching…

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  5. dennyho says:

    First, LOVE the huge American flag displayed on the infield wall. Might be the biggest I’ve seen at a sporting event. Second, your sepia, b/w, aged effect photo is wonderful and nastalgic and a great way to end your Fenway post. I don’t run to the TV when baseball is on but I’ve been to PNC park to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play and sitting in that beautiful stadium surrounded by an enthusiastic primanti eating crowd somehow turns me into a fan. Great post Norm.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks so much.
      Baseball stadium architects seemed to have turned the corner after Camden Yards was built and became such a success. They stopped building huge-capacity concrete behemoths and came to realize that intimate and fan friendly was the way to go. PNC Park fits that bill nicely and I do hope to get back to Pittsburgh to actually catch a game there one day.

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  6. Not a fan of baseball, but I LOVE Fenway Park!!! Such a great vibe here!! Fabulous post!

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  7. jesh stg says:

    Like the atmosphere you created in your pics here. Love the two two tubas!

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  8. Vanessa says:

    I visited Fenway in the 8th grade and it seemed so huge to me at the time. I like what you did with the last shot! Thanks for sharing and I hope, for your enjoyment, that you get out on another doorscursion soon…

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  9. bikerchick57 says:

    Nice doors and old time photo, Norm! Being so close to Green Bay and Lambeau Field, I truly appreciate the history of older stadiums. They have a special feel that the newer stadiums are missing.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Yes indeed Lambeau would be right up there in terms of bucket list visits for sports fans. My Dad was a Packers fan in the Vince Lombardi days. I would have loved to take him to a game at Lambeau but unfortunately….
      Yes, the few older stadiums that remain have a special feel you just can’t build into a new stadium 🙂

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  10. Candy says:

    Plaaaaay ball! !!!! You hit it outta the ball park with these pictures. 😉
    I haven’t been out scouting doors lately but I have several place in mind – just need to get out there

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks for the kind words. I know what you mean about knowing where you want to go. I have lots of cool spots I want to get to. It just seems lately that whenever I have time, mother nature won’t cooperate.


  11. Cee Neuner says:

    Baseball season is upon us. Wonderful photos Norm.

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  12. Lynne Ayers says:

    That old time shot really works, Norm.

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  13. joey says:

    Still a great doors post, perfectly timed, if you ask me. I haven’t had the kind of time I expected to have when it comes to new doors posts, but it’s comin! Lawd, let it be sunny, or at least dry! lol
    I really love the first photo, that backdoor shot — very timeless urban.

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  14. Awesome doors. I know them well. Cheers

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  15. ianbcross says:

    Loved it! As a Cubs fan (I have been to Wrigley Field four times now) I know that centuries of chronic pain can eventually lead to salvation. There was talk of developing the area around the ball park last year… I hope they do it sensitively, with due respect for the heritage site that it is.

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  16. Vicky says:

    HI norm inlinkz not loading on my iPad, would you kindly add the link for me please

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  17. J Walters says:

    What a great post – baseball, doors, bands, everything for spring!

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  18. Really like the final photo, very realistic to times gone by.

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  19. lifelessons says:

    I agree. Had to look closer after reading Jean’s comment.

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  20. Helen Bushe says:

    Lots of Green in this weeks excellent gallery. I do like the word “doorscursion”

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  21. Pistachios says:

    That last photo’s excellent! At a glance, I thought it was actually an old photo you discovered somewhere.
    Humble doors, yes, but the crowds, banners, and that gigantic flag certainly make up for that!

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  22. drkottaway says:

    Ok, I was jetlagged yesterday, thought I’d missed wordless wednesday and posted my door for today… flew from BWI to Seattle on Tuesday. Spacehead. Lovely photos!!

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  23. My husband would give anything to go through those doors!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      I know the feeling. It is bucket list stuff for sports fans. I’m lucky enough to have visited the big three: Yankee Stadium (before it was closed some years back), Wrigley, and Fenway. In each case I think I just spent the entire time looking around, soaking it all in, and marveling that I was actually there 😀

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  24. Susi Lovell says:

    I also like the sepia tone of the last one, and how you’ve caught the atmosphere in the other photos.

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  25. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’m not a baseball fan by any stretch of the imagination, but even I can appreciate the magic of Fenway Park. You did a great job on the last photo, and my favourites are the transition from the quiet street to the street parade before game time 🙂

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  26. Nice one, Norm. Of course, I am partial to New England, and Fenway Park is one of our jewels. And, you got the ‘chowdah head’ part just right. 🙂

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  27. Dan Antion says:

    I had the same feeling as Jean, Norm. You did a great job on that photo. I’ve only been to Fenway once, but I did see the Sox win, so it was a great evening. I’m not usually a fan of Boston sports, but I love the fact that they have kept that stadium alive.

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  28. That’s a neat little stadium, Norm. Your last shot looks so genuine, at first I thought is was an old photograph. Hope the weather improves for you soon.

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