The American League wild card game last Tuesday in the city of Boston that decided the Red Sox’s move to the postseason by beating the Yankees six by two, showed one of the most interesting aspects that make baseball different to the other sports of its genre.
Twice, Giancarlo Stanton of the New York team made strong connections as the ball bounced off the gigantic Fenway Park fence in left field known as “The Green Monster.”
The vigor applied in the two actions would have made the ball travel a long distance, becoming home runs if they did not find the obstacle that was the indicated high wall. Those hits consequently turned into singles, perhaps the longest this slugger has hit in his career.
The effects of these events cost the representatives of the Big Apple at least three races and in the second case a total change in the perspective of the development of the game.
It is a consensus that the reported shots in any other major league park would have been a home run. Paradoxically, in his final opportunity, Stanton hit a less forceful hit, this time from right field, where the ball went to the stands and was a home run.
Eventualities like that only happen in baseball. It is the only sport in which the venues where the game is played have different forms that influence both the results and the strategy to be applied.
Unequal distances in the woods, heights of the fences and spaces in the foul areas, are among the differences that characterize the designs of the stadiums.
There are those who favor the offense and others to pitching, although the modern ones lean towards neutrality. Of the parks in which the current division series is taking place, Milwaukee, Chicago and Houston are hostile to pitchers, the others help them.