By Stephen Duell aka spuds1961

While watching last night’s Yankees vs. Red Sox game something became more evident than it had before. All ballparks in baseball are not created equal,in football you have the same field,the same with basketball, hockey rinks differ in size but not that much. Nick Swisher hit a ball to centre field that was caught somewhere between 410 and 415 feet,in most other parks a home run, but in Fenway just a long out.


Here are some interesting calls you might’ve heard had the games taken place somewhere else. Bobby Thompson up to bat Ralph Branca with the pitch,Thompson hits a long fly ball to left at Ebbett’s field it might be a home run, no it is caught on the warning track the runners retreat to 1st and 2nd and 2 outs, are on the board. Willie Mays coming to bat. Vic Wertz coming to bat for the Indians he hits a long fly ball to centre Willie Mays runs back looks up and it is gone home run for Wertz. One of my favorites, Bucky Dent coming up against Mike Torres, runners on 1st and 2nd here at Yankee Stadium, Dent hits a long fly ball to left Yastrzemski camping under it 3 outs and the Red Sox hold the lead.


With games being played at different venues things might’ve been different, no the Giants did not win the Pennant, Willie’s great catch would’ve been a home run, Bucky’s Homer would’ve been an out, and maybe the Red Sox end the curse 26 years earlier. It also works for players,the argument is and always has been had DiMaggio played at Fenway and Williams at Yankee Stadium their numbers would’ve changed dramatically.


Home field advantage is not necessarily home field advantage, there are so many examples where if the game was played away the outcome most likely would’ve been different. I feel that is what separates baseball from the other sports, Franco Harris would’ve still had the Immaculate reception, Dwight Clark would’ve still had the catch, Scott Norwood still would’ve been wide right. Michael Jordan still hits his buzzer beaters against the Cavaliers and Blazers, Christian Laettner still wins it for Duke. In hockey The Miracle on ice still happens, Stephane Matteau still scores against Brodeur in triple overtime, but in baseball the dimensions can and will change everything.


Wouldn’t it be fun to go back in time and have some of these games played elsewhere? I would love to have a time machine and take all these great moments and games in baseball and change venues, the outcomes might still be the same,but a lot of the plays would’ve been different, just a little food for thought take care my fellow baseball fans and remember, you might not want home field advantage as it could come back to bite you…enjoy the history as it’s being made!