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Boston, We Are Strong

Everything related to how Boston has responded over the past year to the Marathon bombing may be summed up by what David Ortiz said from the heart five days later in the first Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

This jersey that we wear today: it doesn’t say Red Sox, it says Boston. … This is our f**king city, and no one is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong!

We are #BostonStrong.

 

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    Featured Player - John Lackey

    Born: 23 October 1978 in Abilene, TX
    College: Grayson County (TX) CC
    Drafted in 1999 by the Anaheim Angels

    Fun Fact: Prior to becoming the second rookie in World Series history to start and win a Game 7 as a member of the 2002 world champion Anaheim Angels, Lackey was a member of the Junior College World Series champion Grayson County College team from Denison, Texas in 1999. ...more on John Lackey.

    Other Red Sox players: Jonny Gomes, Koji Uehara, Shane Victorino - Current Roster


    Red Sox Legend - Joe Cronin

    Years with Boston: 1935-1945
    Position: Shortstop

    Fun Fact: Cronin not only served as Boston's longest-tenured manager (1935-1947), he also served as the team's general manager (1948-1958), then later as American League president (1959-1973). ...more on Joe Cronin.

    Other Red Sox legends: Johnny Pesky, Lefty Grove, Ted Williams


    This Week in Red Sox History

    21 April 1910 - In the eighth inning of a 10-3 win, catcher Bill Carrigan and pitcher Ed Karger hit back-to-back home runs, the only instance between 1902 and 1923 that Red Sox batters hit consecutive home runs.

    21 April 1967 - Besting New York for the second time in eight days, Billy Rohr allows just a single run while throwing a complete game in just the second start of his career as the Red Sox win 6-1 at Fenway Park.

    21 April 2012 - Saddled with a nine-run deficit after the first five innings, the Yankees score 15 unanswered runs over three of the last four innings to win 15-9 over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

    22 April 1993 - Pitcher Chris Bosio of Seattle no-hits Boston and wins 7-0; the only Red Sox base runners are Ernest Riles and Carlos Quintana, who lead off the game with back-to-back walks.

    22 April 2007 - Manny Ramirez, J. D. Drew, Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek hit four consecutive home runs in the third inning, the first time in Red Sox history this feat has occurred. All four home runs were off of 10 pitches from Yankees rookie Chase Wright, making just his second major league start. Boston eventually wins 7-6.

    23 April 1939 - Ted Williams hits his first career home run in the first inning of a 12-8 loss to the Athletics at Fenway Park off Philadelphia's Bud Thomas.

    24 April 2009 - Boston left fielder Jason Bay ties the game with a two-out, two-run ninth inning home run off New York closer Mariano Rivera and first baseman Kevin Youkilis hits a solo shot in the eleventh to give the Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Yankees at Fenway Park in the first meeting of the season between the rival clubs.

    24 April 2011 - The Red Sox sweep a four-game series against the Angels in Anaheim for the first time in 31 years with a 7-0 win.

    25 April 1945 - Despite having failed to get elected on six previous writers ballots, a committee created to select some old-time ballplayers select, among others, former Sox player-manager Jimmy Collins.

    26 April 1912 - First baseman Hugh Bradley hits a pitch over Fenway Park's left field wall for Boston, the first player ever to hit a home run at the new ballpark. It was the second of two career round-trippers for Bradley.

    26 April 1982 - Future Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs collects his first major league hit in a 3-2 win for the Red Sox over the White Sox in Chicago.

    27 April 1945 - With a 5-3 loss to the Athletics in Philadelphia, Boston sets a franchise record by losing the first eight games of the season.

    27 April 1995 - Boston signs free agent Tim Wakefield after the pitcher's release from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    27 April 1997 - Catcher Bill Haselman ties a Red Sox record with four extra base hits, three doubles and a home run, and four other Boston players homer in a 13-7 win in Baltimore over the Orioles.

    27 April 2002 - Derek Lowe pitches the first no-hitter at Fenway Park in 37 years, allowing just a leadoff walk in the third inning, as the Red Sox trounced the Devil Rays, 10-0.


    Fenway Park Feature - CITGO Sign

    Fun Fact: The original neon sign featuring the "trimark" logo used nearly 6,000 glass tubes, but these were replaced with energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and unveiled to the public in March 2005 after a six-month restoration project. ...more on the CITGO Sign.

    Other Fenway Park features: Fisk Pole, Green Monster, Monster Seats