Ladder to Nowhere

This, from YFSF Gold Medal Poster JCL:

For a long time there’s been a story going around that Fenway Park is the home of baseball’s only “ground-rule triple,” but that’s apparently some sort of urban legend. Fenway’s Green Monster is the home of baseball’s only in-play ladder, which extends from the upper-left corner of the old scoreboard to the top of The Wall. Interestingly, that ladder is now superfluous. For decades, it was used by the grounds crew to access the net atop The Wall that prevented most home runs from landing on Lansdowne Street. But with the construction of the Monster Seats last year, the net is gone and so’s the need for a ladder. It’s still there, but probably not for long. In the meantime, though, here’s a rule about the ladder: “A ball striking the top of the scoreboard in left field in the ladder below the top of the wall and bounding out of the park is two bases.” Has that ever happened? The record is silent.

SF: Any news on when the ladder will be removed? Best do it soon lest it become a metaphor for the Sox season.

5 comments… add one
  • It is with great humility that I accept my first promotion out of the feudalistic “Comments” area into the limelight of the headlines. Yanks on top by 10 o’clock.

    JCL (YF) May 4, 2004, 4:54 pm
  • Don’t get too comfortable on the front page, JCL.

    SF May 4, 2004, 10:17 pm
  • Nasty.

    JCL (YF) May 5, 2004, 9:40 am
  • When the GM seats were installed the ladder was removed, just during construction. Apparently the Sox made a conscious decision to re-install the ladder, so it doesn’t sound like it is going anywhere.
    FYI: “Smith” is Janet Marie Smith, one of the guiding forces behind the building of Camden Yards and now the renovations at Fenway.
    “The ladder that the grounds crew used to clear balls out of the net above the Green Monster was also taken down. It will be put back as well – restoring the threat of ricochets for over-confident left-fielders – even though there’s no need for it any more.
    “Because,” Smith said, “this is Fenway Park.””

    SF May 5, 2004, 10:13 am
  • Can’t believe there was a decision to keep the ladder. Interesting.

    JCL (YF) May 5, 2004, 10:56 am

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