The "New" and Improved Fenway Park - (AP Photo)
Today is easily one of the finest days in Boston of the year. Sure there's the excitement of "Truck Day" when Red Sox supplies head South for Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers reporting in Ft. Myers always gets the blood going a bit, and when there's live Spring Training baseball to watch and listen to you know that the real thing's just around the corner. Even opening day comes at you with all the hope a new season brings to a city and team. But those are all just prequils to the thing that matters most to Bostonians, and that's the Red Sox back, playing games in the Fens. The Home Opener.
The Red hot Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays today in the first of what's sure to be 81 sold out games this year at Fenway Park. New ace Josh Beckett (1-0, 1.29) takes the hill against Josh Towers (0-1, 7.71) in a battle of the Joshes at 2:05pm EST. Boston looks to win their fifth strait of the year without starting CF and lead-off man Coco Crisp. It's been confirmed that Crisp does have a fracture in his knuckle and he'll be out at least 10 days. This is not the news we want to hear, and it shows you how quickly injuries and the grind can affect a baseball season. Adam Stern will be taking Coco's spot for the majority of his missed starts and you hope he plays like he did Sunday against the Orioles. Maybe him hearing the Canadian anthem before the game today will put him into WBC mode again...hey...I've heard of stranger things!
I won't be attending the game today, however I'm sure to take an extended lunch break in the Back Bay, and watch the festivities. I really would like to take a moment out here to thank the new ownership group for doing what looks like everything in their power to preserve Fenway Park, while making the fan experience a better one. My first game of the season will be Marathon Monday and I can't wait to come out of the tunnel and see the green cathedral that is Fenway Park for the first time of the year, there really isn't anything much better.
Let's Go Sox!