Fenway Park is the kind of place that evokes baseball memories - it’s the favorite, for instance, of Dave Niehaus, who can lecture about the nooks, crannies and nuances of the ballpark.
Rob Ducey has memories, too, and his favorite came during batting practice one year when he was with Toronto and Wade Boggs was still with the Red Sox.
“A bunch of us were watching Boggs hit, and he wasn’t happy with his swing,” Ducey said. “The last round of batting practice, he gets six pitches.
“He hit two of them over the left-field fence. The next two he hit over the center-field fence. The last two he hit over the right-field fence,” Ducey said. “Then he walks away, kind of shaking his head like he can’t quite figure out what he’s doing wrong.
“Me, I’d have retired on that round. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.”
Jay Buhner thinks of the Green Monster - the huge wall in left field so inviting to right-handed hitters.
“If you’re a right-handed hitter here, it would have to change your swing,” he said. “Like that short right-field porch in Yankee Stadium does for left-handed hitters. You find yourself trying to hook that outside pitch instead of going the other way.
“My natural power was always toward right-center field, but if I’d played my career in Fenway, I’d have had to change that.”
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