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Boston Globe, Other Media Outlets Celebrate Fenway Park's 100th Anniversary

Fenway Park celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and several media outlets are publishing tributes and retrospectives, with the BOSTON GLOBE leading the way so far. The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy penned a piece focusing on the ballpark's signature feature, the Green Monster. In another piece, Shaughnessy wrote, "In a world where kids grow up and move out on their own, and lifelong colleagues retire from a workplace, and friends and family die, Fenway stays the same." Nick Cafardo wrote under the sub-header, "New ballparks try to blend modern amenities with a nostalgic touch of yore, but nothing comes close to Boston's nonpareil shrine." Peter Abraham noted, "The Green Monster has been a backdrop for far more than baseball in the last century." Bob Hohler wrote of people's personal connection to the venue: "Humanity at its best and worst in an emerald memorial to us, the sons and daughters of a baseball century. We are Fenway Park."

OTHER OUTLETS: BOSTON MAGAZINE published a list of the 100 "most fascinating characters, moments, and tales" in the ballpark's history." AVCLUB.com and MLB.com both have published reviews of the recent National Geographic documentary "Inside Fenway Park: An Icon At 100." On OVERTHEMONSTER.com, part of the SB Nation family of blogs, Matt Sullivan reviewed the new book, "Fenway Park: A Salute to the Coolest, Cruelest, Longest-Running Major League Baseball Stadium in America," by Jon Powers and Ron Driscoll. The PROVIDENCE JOURNAL is accepting reader submissions documenting their memories of Fenway for an April 11 special section to commemorate the 100th anniversary. MLB.com's Quinn Roberts connected the 100th anniversary with other baseball milestones this year, including the 50th anniversary of Dodgers Stadium and the 50th birthdays of both the Astros and Mets franchises. The Red Sox open their season tonight against the Tigers in Detroit. Look for more articles on Fenway at 100 as the team's home opener, an April 13 contest against the Rays, draws closer.
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