Fenway Park tour includes a Monster meal

Kyle Sutton

Green Monster seats for a Red Sox game are hard to come by.

But for fans who want to get a Monster’s-eye view of Fenway Park, the Lunch on the Green Monster Tour is the next best thing. Offered by Old Town Trolley Tours, the tour combines a walk-through of Fenway Park with lunch perched 37 feet above left field in the Green Monster seats.

Ongoing through September, the tour departs on non-home game days from the Red Sox team store, 19 Yawkey Way, and gives fans an insider’s look at the ballpark. Stops could include the locker rooms, press box, grandstand and scoreboard. But the one constant is that you always wind up on the Green Monster itself and get to stretch out and enjoy your baseball lunch.

On a recent tour, a group of about 20 kicked off their course in Fenway Park 101 with the archaic grandstand seats near the third base line. As tour guide Kuri Desjardins shed some light on little-known facts (did you know Jean Yawkey, wife of former Sox owner Thomas Yawkey, decided to paint the Green Monster its trademark color?) those in attendance were able to relish the view of a near-empty field.

“I’m amazed how many people it takes to do the grounds,” said Linda Bernard of Rochester, N.H.

The tour made its rounds through several sections of the 36,000-plus seat stadium, including the right-field roof deck that was added in 2003.

Sitting on the upper deck isn’t without its risks, though, as Desjardins detailed some of the more painful tolls its occupants have endured: eight broken noses, four broken collarbones, and countless broken and jammed fingers.

“A lot of bruised egos as well,” she added.

Though the day’s group was small, Desjardins said the tours can reach up to 200 people in the summer.

“A lot of people really want to come up on the Green Monster, but (most) just like coming to Fenway Park because it’s a historical ballpark,” she said. “It’s the oldest in all of baseball, so a lot of people come for that nostalgia kind of thing.”

Tourgoers commonly want to know the story behind the name “Red Sox,” seat prices, distances and height of the wall, Desjardins said, as well as, “Has anybody ever fallen off the Green Monster?”

“No, it has not happened,” Desjardins said.

Fans did, however, have a chance to sit atop the left-field wall with a buffet lunch that included Fenway franks, fruit and tossed salads, cookies and Cracker Jack.

Most didn’t hesitate to enjoy the moment.

“When do you get to sit in these seats ... unless you get the tickets off eBay or something?” said Kelly Coburn of Weymouth, Mass., who was on a work outing with four others.

“I thought it was interesting, all the injuries that happened up here,” said Jenna O’Brien-Sharwood of Saugus, Mass. “But they’re great seats. I’d still take them.”

For out-of-towners, the tour was a must.

“We’ve been to Lambeau Field (in Green Bay, Wis.) ... Of course, we’ve got to see this, too,” said Dan Vixmer, of Fond du Lac, Wis., who was on the tour with his wife and son.

Vixmer said he was surprised to hear how bad off the Red Sox were during the 1920s.

“I knew they lost Babe Ruth, but I didn’t know they lost their whole team,” he said.

His son, Brian, said he was intrigued to know the grandstand seats were the oldest in baseball.

The tour runs about 90 minutes, which should allow plenty of time to snap pictures of the ballpark, as many did. And who knows, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two.

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