As part of the 2009 Fenway Park improvements, the team repaired and waterproofed the concrete in the original 1912 lower seating bowl, between sections 14 and 28. In those sections the box seats were replaced and the blue grandstand seats, which were installed in 1934, were refurbished. In the summer, Fenway Park welcomed Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews Band and Phish for concerts in 2009, while the Red Sox rolled to another playoff berth. However, the postseason didn't last very long for the Red Sox as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim eliminated Boston in three games.
Record: 95-67, 2nd in American League East (Wild Card)
Manager: Terry J. Francona
Postseason: Played in American League Division Series
Entering the 2009 season the Red Sox added veterans Brad Penny and John Smoltz to the pitching staff but neither hurler performed as anticipated.
Jason Bay met every expectation in his first full year with the Red Sox and hit 36 homers while collecting 119 RBIs. While Bay supplied power, fellow outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury provided game-changing speed. Ellsbury stole an MLB-best 70 bases in 2009 and broke Tommy Harper's club-record of 54. The center fielder also set a team record on April 12 when he played in his 179th consecutive game without an error. Fourteen days after that, Ellsbury pulled off a straight steal of home plate in a win over the visiting Yankees.
David Ortiz didn't drill a home run until May 20 but he rebounded to hit 28 homers with 99 RBIs. Right behind Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis hit 27 home runs and J.D. Drew contributed 24.
Though the Red Sox led the division for most of June and July, they didn't stand pat at the trading deadline and acquired catcher Victor Martinez from the Indians. In August, the team also traded for veteran reliever Billy Wagner and reacquired shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who was the starting shortstop for the Red Sox in 2006.
The Red Sox slumped towards the end of the season but clinched the Wild Card on September 29 after a loss by the Texas Rangers. For the fourth time in sixth years, the Red Sox met the Angels in the ALDS but this time the Halos exacted a measure of revenge and eliminated Boston with an abrupt sweep.
As part of the 2009 improvements to Fenway Park, the original 1912 lower seating bowl, between sections 14 and 28, was repaired and waterproofed. The project replaced Dugout Seats, Field Box seats and Loge Box seats, while refurbishing and reinstalling the original wooden grandstand seats that were installed in 1934. Additionally, the removal of asphalt, which had been poured for decades, lowered the central aisle between the Field Box and Loge Box seats by approximately eight inches, resulted in improved views of the playing field for fans sitting in the lower rows of the Loge Boxes. Existing wheelchair and companion seating locations were also improved with better sightlines as well.
The Right Field Roof was also repaired and expanded for the 2009 season and approximately 560 new seats were added to the area, along with new restrooms, concessions and additional dedicated standing room space with drink rails. The renovation created the Cumberland Farms Deck above the Right Field Roof Box Seats. This new section added stools with drink rails and a standing room section on a new wood-decked terrace. The Budweiser Right Field Roof Deck was also expanded with 28 new seats at tables, including five new ADA locations and an extended standing room platform. Additional work on the roof in the right-field area included the renovation of the R19, R20, and R21 suites, concluding the improvements to the EMC Level suites that began after the 2006 season.
The roof of the Jeano Building next door to Fenway Park, which serves as the home of the Red Sox Front Offices, visiting team's batting cage, Third Base Deck, Third Base Concourse and Game On!, was also replaced during the offseason. The building, which was built in 1914, also had its windows fully restored along with the 4 Yawkey Way entry, the main entrance to the Red Sox Front Office. Nearby, the club transformed the Gate A ticket booths into display cases honoring several of the team's American League and World Championship seasons.
During the season, on July 12, 2009 the Red Sox dedicated the Center Field Flagpole to Red Sox legend Dom DiMaggio, who had patrolled Fenway's outfield from 1940-1952 and who passed away earlier in the year. Later in July, the Red Sox honored another Red Sox hero when they officially retired Jim Rice's #14 on July 28.
As soon as the 2009 baseball season at Fenway Park concluded, construction began in the left-field area of the park, where the grandstand seats that were installed in 1934 were removed and the process of repairing and waterproofing the concrete beneath the seats began. By early December, as the club prepared to install a hockey rink on Fenway Park's field to host the NHL Winter Classic and Fenway Sports Group's Frozen Fenway games at the start of 2010, new grandstand seats were installed in left field as temporary replacements of the 1934 seats, which would be refurbished and reinstalled in 2011 . On December 10, installation of the skating rink, (whose approximate position was from first base to third base) commenced and on-ice events started on December 17.
The Baseball Beanpot and Futures at Fenway returned to the ballpark in 2009, along with the reprise of the Cape Code Baseball League All-Star Game. In the first Fenway Park edition of the game held using the intra-league format, the Western All-Stars shutout the Eastern All-Stars.
|2009 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park|
|April 13||Northeastern 5, University of Massachusetts 3 (Beanpot Championship)*|
|April 13||Boston College 9, Harvard 5 (Beanpot Consolation)*|
|July 23||Cape Cod League All-Star Game: Western All-Stars 3, Eastern All-Stars 0**|
|August 8||Futures at Fenway: Portland Sea Dogs 3, Bowie Baysox 2|
|August 8||Futures at Fenway: Norfolk Tides 7, Pawtucket Red Sox 3|
*Starting in 1990, Fenway Park has hosted the annual Baseball Beanpot, baseball's version of the longstanding Boston hockey tradition. Originally, the competition featured the same schools that battle for Hockey Beanpot: Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Harvard University. However, when BU dropped their baseball program after the 1995 season, the University of Massachusetts took their place. The Baseball Beanpot has been held at Fenway Park every year since its inception except for in 2004 and 2010, when the tournament was played at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, MA.
**From 1975 to 1987, on a biennial basis, Fenway Park hosted an all-star game between the Cape Code Baseball League and the Atlantic Collegiate League. The all-star game alternated between Fenway Park and sites closer to the ACL's teams, such as Yankee Stadium and Veterans Stadium. In 1988, the Cape Cod Baseball League returned to an intra-league format for their annual all-star game and in 2009, Cape Code League All-Stars returned to Fenway Park for the Cape Cod League All-Star Game, which was played again in 2010.
While the Red Sox surged to their third consecutive postseason berth in 2009, Fenway Park was also busy with concerts. Dave Matthews Band and Phish performed at the end of May, while Sir Paul McCartney brought his legendary act to the ballpark in early August. In September, scenes from the movie "The Town" were filmed in and around the ballpark and that same month, Fenway Park hosted its first bridal festival.
|2009 Non-Baseball Events At Fenway Park|
|May 10||Mother's Day Walk|
|May 29 & 30||Dave Matthews Band Concerts|
|May 31||Phish Concert|
|June 21||Father's Day Walk|
|June 23||Democratic National Committee Fundraiser featuring Vice President Joe Biden|
|July 5||Picnic in the Park|
|August 2||Comcast Latino Family Festival|
|August 5 & 6||Paul McCartney Concerts|
|September||Filming of "The Town"|
|September 27||Fenway Bridal Festival|
|December 12||Christmas at Fenway|