SBJ/April 16-22, 2012/In-Depth

Imitation is the best form of flattery

The influence of Fenway Park can be seen at two other ballparks within the Boston Red Sox organization.

JetBlue Park, the team’s new spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., and Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., home to the
The Green Monster at JetBlue Park.
Photo by: Don Muret / Staff
Class A Greenville Drive, both have Green Monster walls in left field and a Pesky Pole in right field. The Pesky Pole was named after former Red Sox player Johnny Pesky.

The field dimensions of both stadiums also match Fenway Park. The same is true for a practice field in Fort Myers behind JetBlue Park, which has its own Green Monster. The idea behind replicating Fenway Park is to allow the team’s prospects working their way up the farm system to get accustomed to the quirks of the real thing in Boston.

There are a few exceptions with regard to the Green Monster. The original wall in Boston is 37 feet high. JetBlue Park’s Green Monster wall is 43 feet high; Greenville’s is 30 feet high.

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