BOSTON (WWLP) - It's Opening Day for the Red Sox at Fenway Park, and fans are excited to see the new and improved Red Sox of 2013, who hope to rebound from last year's last-place finish.
The season is early, but so far the team looks promising. 22News traveled to Fenway Park to take part in the excitement of the home opener against the Baltimore Orioles. The game is sold out for the 102nd Fenway home opener; making it the 794th consecutive sellout game.
After a disappointing last two seasons, however, that streak is expected to come to an end sometime this month.
Red Sox won their ninth straight home opener Monday. They defeated the Orioles 3-1 . Despite a dismal last season, fans are nothing but optimistic about this new season.
Laurie Rocco of Springfield told 22News, "Its opening day! Who doesn't love opening day? It's the best day of the year, it's like, as some of my girlfriends say, it's like New Years."
It's truly like New Years for the Red Sox; a new team, a new manager, and new hope after a few disappointing season. Last year the team ended in last place in the AL East, but you wouldn't know it by the fans pouring into Fenway for the Home Opener.
"We're just so spoiled here for all the years, so after last year's finish of not even making the playoffs it was really, really disappointing but I think people are really optimistic now after this quick start," said Joe Barrone of Springfield.
Despite the worst season for the Red Sox in almost 50 years, western Massachusetts fans have not lost their enthusiasm for their team,no matter the outcome.
Red Sox are now 5-2 for the season, another successful opening day here at the oldest ballpark in the nation.