#Shortstops: A Shot in the Park
On May 29, 2021, Boston fans filled Fenway to watch the Red Sox take on the Miami Marlins. While the crowd looked similar to most games of Fenway’s past, this one took on an entirely new significance. It was the first Red Sox home game at full fan capacity in nearly two years. In the games leading up to May 29, Fenway’s fan capacity was limited to just 25 percent. And just a season prior in 2020, no fans were allowed at Boston’s home games.
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While Fenway typically shuts down for the winter while players and fans endure the New England weather, the 2021 off-season was quite the opposite. Health care workers utilized the park to administer the newly-approved COVID-19 vaccines.
Starting in February 2021, eligible individuals in the Boston area were able to receive their vaccine doses at Fenway. The ballpark started by giving around 500 shots per day and ended with administering thousands per day.
A pin given to patrons receiving the vaccine at Fenway Park is preserved in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection to show future generations the unusual challenge baseball, and the entire world, faced during the pandemic.
Casey Barrasso is the 2022 membership intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development