Fenway West: Drain's Diamond in the Rough

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DRAIN, Ore. -- Tucked away among the rolling hills of Jim Maciariello's 60-acre ranch in Drain is a diamond in the rough.

"We were just working 12-hours a day trying to get this thing done, just putting up the walls," Jim explained. "You don't think about how much it is going to cost or any of those types of things, you just start running up to Jerry's and buying a little here and a little there and pretty soon, this thing turned into a monster."

About $7,000 later, this Green Monster of a project became Fenway West, A one-third-scale replica of the oldest ball park in Major League Baseball, Boston's 100-year-old Fenway Park.

"You just feel like the whole rest of the world is out there and you are right here in the baseball park," is how Maciariello described his wiffle ball field gone wild.

The ball yard is the brain child of Jim and his son Ben, who happens to be the Governor of Red Sox Nation in Oregon.

"Ben and I have some epic stories of him and I having meltdowns and yelling at each other out here because we were just trying to get it done," Jim chuckled.

Fenway West opened up on Independence Day 2008 and it keeps progressing.

Jim has plans for a 'press box' area patio to BBQ behind home plate and said, "What everybody always tells me is, 'when are you going to put bleachers up there behind the Green Monster?' I really think we could do it and that would be kind of cool to be able to have people sit back there and drink a few beers."

Family that plays together, stays together and Jim's family is his grounds crew. His daughters chalk the infield, while his son-in-law mows the grass. There's a four-legged mascot and even a Grandson bat boy.

Kevin Wilson sure married into a great family, the head coach of the Douglas High School baseball team feels right at home.

"He didn't do it for some self fulfilled prophecy. He loves it when the kids come out. He built it for that and when you see the kids come out, it's special for sure," Wilson said.

Jim added, "We are not Red Sox fanatics. We love the Red Sox but we love baseball and it is all about family and throwing the ball around and having people just laugh and have fun."

Jim just made his first trek ever to Fenway a couple of weeks back where he also ran in the Boston Marathon. Both had been on his list of 'things to do' for about 20-years.

Jim's father (from Boston) actually raised him as Milwaukee Braves fan (the Braves moved out of Boston in 1952), then Jim jumped over to Red Sox nation when the Braves moved from Wisconsin to Atlanta in 1965.

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