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Fri April 20, 2012
Boston Landmark, Fenway Park, Turns 100
Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 6:38 am
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Boston's Fenway Park, home to the Red Sox, turns 100 today. Its many, many star turns include a mention in the movie "Field of Dreams."
(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "FIELD OF DREAMS")
KEVIN COSTNER: (as Ray Kinsella) I think something is going to happen at the game. I don't know what. But there's something at Fenway Park and I've got to be there with Terrence Mann to find it out.
AMY MADIGAN: (as Annie Kinsella) Is Fenway the one with the big green wall on left field?
LYNN NEARY, HOST:
That's the one. The Green Monster - or monstah(ph) , as they say in Boston - houses Fenway's antique manual scoreboard.
INSKEEP: Some fans are paying more than $1,000 to sit on top of the Green Monster when the Red Sox play tonight.
COSTNER: Glenn Stout is author of the book "Fenway 1912 "
GLENN STOUT: Because of the age of the stadium, it is very much - and in a very physical way - a shared experience, you know. If somebody on one end of your aisle jumps up in joy, you know, there's going to be a ripple effect all the way down your aisle, because you're crowded so close together.
NEARY: Ken Greenwood has been an usher at Fenway for 45 seasons.
KEN GREENWOOD: Even though they change - make little tweaks here and there, it still seems like it's the same ballpark that I came to as a kid.
INSKEEP: The same right field foul pole, the same Fenway franks, and the same dedicated fans who rise not just for a seventh inning stretch, but also for an eighth inning sing-along.
CROWD: (Singing) Sweet Caroline...
NEARY: And they will sing as the Red Sox play their rivals, the New York Yankees, at Fenway today.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SWEET CAROLINE")
NEIL DIAMOND: Sweet Caroline, good times never seemed so good. I've been inclined to believe they never would. But...
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