Opening Day (Part 2) went off without a hitch. Thick clouds swirled in the sky early but no rain soaked today. It wasn’t actually the beautiful day we all wished for. It was very windy and moderately cold. Was a great game.
I (again) drove to Boston with a dear, long-time friend, who also happens to be a Red Sox fan. He had never been to an Opening Day; alas, he gets to go to two. Another friend came along for the ride.
It was so good to see the crowd on Yawkey Way.
It was touching to see the lowering of the flag across the green monster.
It was emotional seeing Ted Kennedy throw out the first pitch to newly elected Hall-Of-Famer Jim Rice.
And the fly-over…WOW. Very cool.
The introduction of the players was a bit different than usual: instead of the players coming from the dugout, they came out from the grandstands. The person sitting next to me apparently was about to enter the elevator and out come the team to his surprise. He captured it on his cell phone. The dude was wearing a NY hat. Not my favorite seat-mate. This is the seat where my ‘friend’ was suppose to be sitting. I don’t even want to speculate how they got into the hands of this fan. I’m letting go. Oh, well.
Then the game began. Our 2008 MVP homered at first time up: second batter, first inning. How appripoe! The Beckett / Shields match-up was fun. Beckett pitched well with only a few hic-ups here and there. Varitek homered in the sixth. Great to see! They put in Okie for a few batters; not my favorite choice but when they took him out, Masterson cleaned up Okie’s mess in the eighth. Paps closed out the game for the save. Game ended 5 – 3 over the Rays. It was fun but, frankly, not worth all the BS that went along with it. Live and learn. Bring on the season and the competition of real baseball. That I love.