Does anyone recall what happened at last year’s Opening Day ceremonies at Fenway Park? Neither do I…
The only thing that might be memorable from that day were two things: one, the Red Sox won 3-1 over the Orioles, extending their home opener win streak to nine, and two, it proved to be the last game in the consecutive sellout streak. The next night, the streak ended at 820 games, which included postseason games at Fenway Park.
Today, that does not matter. After taking two-of-three in Baltimore, Boston returns to its home field for a celebration that should match or perhaps surpass the celebrations held at the home openers in 2005 and 2008. After the defending World Series champions were showcased at the White House earlier this week, now comes what should be the final mention of last year’s success: a pregame ceremony complete with all the trimmings (gold, to be specific) and the presentation of rings to players and team personnel.
Even Mother Nature is in a good mood; what had appeared to be a sour forecast has changed and the sun should be shining down on the team and its fans this afternoon.
A week from now, the focus should be completely on 2014 and what is happening on the field then but, for one final time, we will stand back salute what was an amazing accomplishment, a true worst-to-first finish that only one other team, the 1991 Minnesota Twins, has accomplished in the history of major league baseball. Enjoy and appreciate the moment; I know that I will.