Andy and John Buchanan at FanSherpa.com sent me a copy of the Wise Guide to Fenway Park ($10) and asked me to review it. With the home opener scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, here are my comments:
The pocket-sized, 84-page guide is written in a breezy style that is still very informative. Each topic gets its own page, laid out in a simple, yet hip, format. The information comes from actual fans, so you'll get some tips that are unlikely to be in a standard guide book: cheap parking possibilities, how to see a game and enjoy yourself for under $30; how to deal with sidewalk ticket sellers; sections of Fenway you might want to avoid sitting in; how to figure some basic stats; what the "Red Seat" is; how to keep score; how to sneak down into better seats in later innings; a nice list of nearby restaurants and bars; and some other historical sites in Boston (including the site of the Huntington Avenue Grounds, the Red Sox's pre-Fenway home).
The Guide errs when it includes the CHB's poorly-researched Curse book among the top Red Sox reads ("Red Sox Century", which is not on the list, should have been the top choice) and encourages fans to do the wave. But these are more nitpicks than criticisms.
FanSherpa has also published guides to Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium (this one will need to be revised) and the place where the Giants play. Red Sox obsessives probably won't get much out of the guide, but it would make a nice little gift for a casual (or new) fan.