The question: How do other ballparks compare with Fenway Park? The answer is simple: They do not. Wrigley Field in Chicago comes closest, as it is similar in age (Wrigley turns 100 in 2014), and has unique nuances that might never be duplicated.
Both have an old ballpark scent, which comes with 100 years of existence.
‘‘The age of the parks, the feeling that you’re in a shrine is similar,’’ said former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein, now president of the Cubs. ‘‘Both ballparks exude history. A lot of baseball has happened, some good, some not so good.
‘‘But when you think of the generations of baseball fans who have come and gone here, it’s mind-boggling.’’
Wrigley is known for its Boston Ivy growing along the brick outfield wall, which took about a full year to grow in when it was first planted in 1937. Fenway is known for the 37-foot high Green Monster in left field, the triangle in right-center, and Pesky’s Pole in right.
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