View of the Howard Johnson Motel as I was walking from the Roof Box Seat area. This is the only motel I could find in the Boston area that met my stay criteria, which is; rooms under $100, close to attractions and public transportation. Unfortunately the Pirates were in town during the weekend and the motel was completely booked. So the Days Hotel in Brookline by Harvard was next closest one to meet my criteria.
Walking on the the tar papered rooftop. I wondered how durable this walking surface would be with all the walking traffic from the fans. 43 private 28-seat rooftop boxes were added in 1984.
Another view of the Howard Johnson Motel. Probably it was a good thing that it was booked. The Day's Hotel where I stayed instead, had HBO, big room, microwave, refrigerator and it was across the street from a McDonalds and Shaw's Supermarket. Staying in Brookline/Cambridge was a little more out of the way than I would have liked, but it afforded me with an opportunity to finally go to Harvard, without winning a scholarship.
The right field foul line pole is 302 feet from home plate. It is known as the "Pesky Pole” for Johnny Pesky. Memories and baseball statistical accounting seem to contradict each other on how the this pole got its name. Most people agree that former Red Sox pitcher and broadcaster Mel Parnell gave the pole its name. There are various versions of game stories that are credited to naming of the "Pesky Pole". However, there is one undisputed fact though, Johnny Peskey had hit only 6 home runs at Fenway in his career. Only one of these home runs came in a game pitched by Mel Parnell, which was June 11, 1950. Pesky hit a two-run shot in the first inning. In fact, it isn't certain his home run ball actually hit the pole, but that isn't the way Mel told the story. The name has stuck all these years.
If you are very wealthy, this is where you would watch the games from. In air conditioned comfort.
The tour guide was explaining the details about the indoor TV screen system, She said initially the sound system audio was problematic with the TV delay time not being synchronized with what the people were seeing out the window, so the audio is now piped in live instead of using the TV audio.
Good view of Fenway's historic right field area in the foreground of Boston's skyline. Behind all these seats is a lounge style bar and buffet line to satisfy the tastes of the rich and famous who can afford to watch the games from here.
A view of the famous big Citgo sign, which now sits on top of Boston University Bookstore at 660 Beacon Street, in the Kenmore neighborhood. It measures 60 feet by 60 feet.. Prior to the renovation in 2005 it contained more than five miles of neon tubes, 5,878 glass tubes of neon, that were lit by 250 high-voltage transformers. A million dollar refurbishment was completed on March 17, 2005, replacing the neon lights with energy saving light-emitting diode (LED) display. The original Cities Service sign was built in 1940. The corporation changed its name in 1965 to CITGO. Still making news today. In September 2006, a Boston city councilman proposed taking it down after Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez called George Bush "the devil", in a speech made to the United Nations.