BOSTON (WWLP) – The Red Sox and Orioles played their first game Friday in the 2021 season in front of fans for the first time in 18 months at Fenway Park.
Final Score: Orioles 3 – Red Sox 0
Fenway Park has to follow the Massachusetts COVID-19 reopening guidelines so the park can only hold 12 percent capacity, around 4,500 people per game. It’s was also a chilly opening day. It was windy and around 30 degrees in Boston but Red Sox fans are used to, it’s New England after all!
Red Sox fan Cyndie Acanto of Boston told 22News that not even the weather could keep her away from opening day, “It’s always been a family tradition to come to the Sox home opener, obviously we couldn’t do that last year and we are so exited to come here this year.”
“Not nervous I’m excited it’s been way to long being shut down so I’m excited to get back to it,” said Ethan Robitailli who traveled from North Conway, New Hampshire to see the game.
The Red Sox-Orioles game was originally scheduled for Thursday but was postponed due to the weather. Tickets for Thursday’s game will be good for admission on Friday.
Before the game, the two teams were introduced along the baselines with the giant American flag draped over the left-field wall. Springfield native Michelle Brooks-Thompson sang the National Anthem and an F-15 from Barnes Air National Guard base was part of the flyover.
“We were just saying the last time we were at a game was September 2019. So it’s been a while and we are season-ticket holder’s. And we are really excited to be here,” said Pamela Civins of Dorchester.
Nathan Eovaldi started for the Red Sox, and John Means for the Orioles — just as they would have on Thursday.
The rest of the starting line up for the Red Sox was the following:
- Second Base – Kiké Hernandez
- Center Field – Alex Verdugo
- Designated Hitter – J.D. Martinez
- Shortstop – Xander Bogaerts
- Third Base – Rafael Devers
- Right Field – Hunter Renfroe
- Left Field – Marwin Gonzalez
- Catcher – Christian Vazquez
- First Base – Bobby Dalbec
Ballparks are required to operate at a strict 12-percent capacity. Fans will be required to complete a health screening survey before entering on the day of the game, which can be found on the MLB Ballpark App. Fenway Park will be divided into five ‘neighborhood zones’, where ticket holders can access the designated gates for entry and exit nearest their seat location as labeled on their game ticket.
The Red Sox welcomed over 100 healthcare heroes to the ballpark for Opening Day. Through a partnership with Dell Technologies, 10,000 tickets will be distributed to healthcare workers throughout the 2021 season.