Esiason cannot sit comfortably in the new Yankee Stadium knowing the franchise bulldozed its historic venue a few hundred feet away in favor of what he considers an overly commercialized monstrosity. As such, he much prefers baseball's oldest existing temple: Boston's Fenway Park. When comparing the two, Esiason gives an immediate edge to Fenway: "There's no sushi," he says, taking a shot at the Yankee's new, comically anti-working man menu items that cater to the team's often arriviste fan base.
"From a business perspective, I get that, I understand all that," he says of replacing old venues with new ones. "But from a true hardcore fan's standpoint, I hate it." Though it cost just $650,000 to build Fenway Park back in 1912, some $285 million has been spent over the past years renovating the stately stadium, which means it has maintained its original charm. For instance, the most recognizable alteration was the addition of 370 seats in 2003. But the owners chose to plant them atop the Green Monster – the notorious fly-ball eating left-field wall – instead of altering the dynamics of the field. "That's why Fenway Park is never going to change," Esiason says. "They're never going to allow it to change."