“It may not be the field of dreams, but to [Bostonians] it might as well be.”
Boston’s famed baseball coliseum is the oldest in the nation; opening its entrance on April 20, 1912. That evening is memorialized as the night the Titanic sunk. Could this be the reason of why the Red Sox did not win a world series in over 80 years and not–the curse of the Bambino? This imprecation, as all baseball aficionados are aware centers around the trading of pitcher/outfielder Babe Ruth to their competitor the New Your Yankees. It is asserted Harry Frazee, then owner of the Red Sox at the time needed to raise funds for the stage musical No No Nanette; bringing upon the city’s anquish. The tale though is a little less dramatic. The reality it turns out was Ruth’s trade was due to his inability to hit in the renowned ballpark add to this–off the field antics..
Boston’s misfortune, of course terminated in 2004 when the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals. But is this curse of the Bambino founded upon facts or is it a myth? While it is factual Boston did trade Ruth to the Yankees after the 1918 season the curse did not in actuality come into existence until 1986. George Vecsey, New York Times sportswriter first referred to the said plague during the 7th game the World Series against the New York Mets.
The Sox, established in 1901 proceeded through numerous nicknames–the pilgrims, the puritans and the Plymouth rocks before settling on the honored moniker they are known as today; John I. Taylor (1875-1938), a partner with the Fenway Reality Company arranged to build a ballpark for the team he owned. The new athletic field was to be constructed on terrain known as The Fenway. The field of Boston dreams is a convergence between the old fashion style wooden structure of yesteryear and the modern edifice of today. The asymmetrical interior of the ballpark also has led to Boston’s advantage–on the field. Throughout this timeframe the Sox would go on to win the World Series in 1912, 1915, 1916 and 191; after which the franchise did not succeed in winning another until 2004.
The Red Sox’ misfortune equaled only that of the Chicago Cubs, whose team’s franchise torment also terminated in the early 21 century. Fenway Park at this time is the smallest stadium in baseball with its iconic left field wall–known simply as the Green Monster, that sends quivers into the opposing adversaries (even though the distance from home plate to the left field wall in 350 feet; the shortest distance in baseball). The Red Sox themselves have ascertained the navigation of the territory. Whether the ball is slammed off the wall or into the corner the Red Sox know how to field it while other teams are left to a flurry of worry.
Player like Carlton Fisk, Ted Williams, etc. have enthralled New Englanders for generations, They revere the Sox like a religion and as such the fans has judged as their antagonist, the New York Yankees. As referred to before, the New York–Boston rivalry steps back to the time of Babe Ruth. Whether or not the curse of the Bambino is valid, the above two team once abhored each other. At the present time, the two franchises have a friendly bantering whenever they meet. (Note; it is this author opinion, the contests between the two were more interesting and fun years ago when the Yankees and Red Sox had a genuine hostility towards each other.)
– On the day, when Fenway Park opened and the front–page news had as its lead story–the sinking of the Titanic, the major talk in Boston is that the Red Sox beat the New York Highlanders (Yankees) 7–6 in 11 innings.