One hundred years to the day that the Harvard University baseball team played the Red Sox in an exhibition game to inaugurate the brand-new stadium known as Fenway Park, the awestruck Ivy Leaguers returned today for batting practice, hoping with every pitch to loft one over over the Green Monster.
“I’d be lying if I said I was trying to hit ground balls right now,” said junior infielder Kyle Larrow of Carver. “It’s incredible.”
The batting practice on the brilliant green turf in the mostly empty temple of baseball was part of the festivities marking the ballpark’s centennial. Harvard head coach Joe Walsh, a Dorchester native, said his team was honored to participate.
He said all his players, whether they come from the Boston area or not, understand the rich history of Fenway.
“For all of them, Fenway Park means baseball,” Walsh said.
Sophomore outfielder Jack Colton of Milton was all smiles after sending a fastball sailing over the Monster.
“This is awesome,” he said. “This is a dream come true to be out here taking BP at Fenway.”
Mayor Thomas M. Menino toured the park earlier in the day and congratulated Fenway on being in business for 100 years.
“As a lifelong Red Sox fan, Fenway holds a special place in my heart,” Menino said in a statement.