Boston Red Sox. Hide your Yankees cap and practice pronouncing "Fenway Pahk." Boston is a baseball town, where the crucible of media scrutiny burns hot, fans regard myth and superstition as seriously as player statistics, and grudges are never forgotten. The Boston Red Sox made history in 2004, crushing the Yankees in the American League Championship after a three-game deficit and then sweeping the Cardinals in the World Series for the team's first title since 1918; they did it again in 2007, this time sweeping the Colorado Rockies; and, they showed that the third time's a charm, as they cinched the championship from their home field in 2013, against the Cardinals. The Red Sox ownership has committed to staying in the once-threatened Fenway Park for the long haul, so you can still watch a game in the country's oldest active ballpark, where you can see (or, for a premium price, get a seat on top of) the fabled "Green Monster" (the park's 37-foot-high left-field wall) and one of the last hand-operated scoreboards in the major leagues. Baseball season runs from early April to early October. The playoffs continue several more weeks, and postseason buzz about contracts, trades, and injuries lasts all winter long. Fenway Park, The Fenway, Boston, MA, 02215. 877/733–7699 tickets; 617/226–6666 tours.






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