Wednesday, April 18, 2012
One man's dump is another man's urine-stained shrine
Forty-nine year old Jamie Moyer struck a blow for middle age last night when he became the oldest pitcher in major league history to record a win(or at least the oldest pitcher with a legitimate birth certificate and/or working visa). Moyer's not even half as old as Boston's Fenway Park, but he's getting significantly more respect.
One hundred years after it was built, baseball's most historic existing venue was dissed over the weekend by Tampa Bay designated hitter Luke Scott, who called Fenway a "dump." First of all, a guy who looks like Wolverine from X-Men has no business passing judgement on the asthetics of anything or anyone else. Secondly, just because the place is 100 years old and smells like pee doesn't make it any less of an American cultural shrine. If anything, Fenway Park's marginal dilapidation is what gives it its historic charm relative to newer ballparks that try but fail to duplicate the bygone era atmosphere that permeates Fenway's every irregular corner.
Although Scott's point is that it doesn't have the clubhouse amenities to which modern era baseball players are accustomed, describing Fenway as a dump demonstrates a remarkably shallow sense of history and occasion. It's a personal affront to baseball afficiandos - Red Sox fans or otherwise - who consider a visit to Fenway something akin to a holy pilgrimmage. Presumably, Scott wouldn't go to his great aunt Effie's 100th birthday party and criticize her liver spots instead of lauding the milestone. The old girl might not be the belle of the ball anymore, but she still deserves to be celebrated with the appropriate measure of respect.