Die-hard Red Sox fans in Oregon couldn't be farther from Boston's famed, 100-year-old Fenway Park. So one day in summer 2005, Ben Maciarello, the governor of the state's Red Sox Nation fan club, asked his dad, Jim: "How cool would it be to have our family and friends trying to hit balls over the Green Monster?"
Dad was more than game for building a one-third Fenway replica on the family property in rural Oregon. And so the pair spent 12 hours a day -- and $7,000 -- in June 2006 building the Green Monster scoreboard, the odd-shaped "triangle" in the center-field wall, and "Pesky's Pole" in right field. "We wanted it to look authentic," Jim says.
No worry there -- in giant letters, on the back of the Green Monster, you can't miss it: "Fenway West."
No Nostradamus of the Day: The one time he's got something positive to say, Boston sports writer Dan Shaughnessy makes a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad prediction just before last night's appropriate capping of the Red Sox' historic collapse.
Marketing Campaign of the Day: New Era launched a new ad campaign today, which features John Krasinski as a die-hard Red Sox fan engaging in some exponentially trashier trash talk with loyal Yankees supporter Alec Baldwin.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox snapped a six-game losing streak