April 20, 2012
David L Ryan/Globe Staff
Thousands of people turned out for the open house the Red Sox hosted at Fenway Park on Thursday.
The Red Sox welcomed fans into the park as part of the celebration for Fenway Park's centennial.
Fans were able to reach out and touch the Green Monster.
Needham resident Brendan Mulkern, who has come to Fenway since 1949, checked out Pesky's Pole.
One of the most popular spots was the red seat in the bleachers that marks Ted Williams' 502-foot home run in 1946.
Daniel Bard did some off-day throwing amid the crowds.
Red Sox alumni such as Ted Lepcio and Dick Beradino, right, signed autographs for fans.
Fans were able to walk around the perimeter of the playing field.
The open house came one day before the Red Sox and Yankees met on the 100th anniversary of the park's first game.