BOSTON -- In addition to giving some of the players a behind-the-scenes tour of Fenway Park on Thursday, third-base coach Dave Trembley also was able to provide advice on the nuances of playing at Fenway, including how to deal with the Green Monster in left field.
"The game will speed up here late. The fans will stay with the team no matter what the score is. No lead is safe here because of that. The games can change here in a hurry because of that right there," said Trembley, who pointed to pointed to Green Monster.
The famed Green Monster is only 304 feet from home plate down the left-field line, but it's 37 feet tall, which presents a unique set of challenges.
"As far as the batter or runner, as soon as the ball is hit and you know it's high enough to hit the wall, don't wait for it to hit the wall to start running," Trembley said. "It's hard enough to take extra bases here, because it's so short. Say you're on first base and you think the ball is going to be high enough to hit the wall, start running right away and pick up your coach."
Trembley also cautioned the outfielders that if a ball gets hit over their heads and is going to strike the wall, they should recognize it early.
"That ball will hit hard and go right out to shortstop," Trembley said. "You tell our outfielders if you're on the warning track and the ball is over your head, start running straight into home plate, because the ball is going to hit the wall and ricochet towards home plate."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.