Rays manager Joe Maddon said the team "got out-Fenwayed." And David Price indicated the ballpark was one of the reasons the team struggled. No doubt.
The Times' Tom Jones summarizes: (link to tampabay.com):
I don't ever want to hear anyone whining about the catwalks at the Trop. Those things come into play a handful of times a season. But how many fly balls that should be outs clank off the Green Monster? The Red Sox hit two of those Saturday and both led to runs. Having said that, the Rays, through two games, acted like they had never seen Fenway, let alone played there.Jones echoed my sentiment earlier this week after an old colleague of mine, Eric Wilbur, now writing for Boston.com, likened Tropicana Field's ground rules to those of wiffleball:
Calling out my old colleague, @GlobeEricWilbur. Reporters in Boston cannot bash the Trop for its "quirks." (http://t.co/0AJzmN9YSh)I love Fenway. I used to work for the Sox. But if you have a problem with the Trop's catwalks, you surely must take issue with the fact that balls would clang off a ladder in the middle of the Green Monster for decades. Or that its foul poles sit just some-300' away, shorter than MLB rules permit. Or that its centerfield triangle has just as many ground rules as the Trop's catwalks.
— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) October 4, 2013
Look, MLB fans love their quirks. They love them so much, when the Astros opened their new ballpark back in 2000, they included a hill (and flagpole) in centerfield. It was a tribute to the dangerous "quirk," called "Duffy's Cliff," that was removed from Fenway's centerfield eons ago.
Finally, realize that Fenway Park and Tropicana Field aren't nearly as different as you may think.