The Red Sox outdid themselves Friday at Fenway Park with their Opening Day and World Series ring ceremony under a sun-splashed sky and chill that for two centuries has defined April baseball on Yawkey Way.
The ceremony was classy. It was touching.
The irony? Hardly a word was spoken. And that’s the best part.
The Red Sox’s 2013 World Series celebration didn’t need words. Just images. Smiles. Hugs. Laughter. Tears. Applause. Goose-bump music.
On the big screen in center field, the Red Sox simply showed each player’s 2013 montage as that player emerged from the dugout and received their World Championship rings. No announcements necessary.
On the field itself, the Red Sox brought out Boston Marathon bombing victims, their families and heroes from that day, like Carlos Arredondo, who leaped into action last April and saved lives. No introduction needed. Everyone knows Carlos. Everyone feels for the families, especially the Red Sox, whose players greeted each family member as if they were their own.
Also on the field was the Boston Fire Department, including members from Engine 33, Ladder 15 — the very same crew that serves to protect Fenway. They lowered the American flag in center field at half-mast in honor of their fallen firefighter brothers, Michael Kennedy and Ed Walsh, each of whom died fighting a fire in the city last week.
And of course, there were the iconic sounds synonymous with Boston music: The Boston Pops Orchestra and Dropkick Murphys. Conductor Keith Lockhart and crew belted out an awesome rendition of Richard Strauss’ 1896 “Also Sprach Zarathustra” as massive world champion banners from 2004, 2007 and 2013 were draped over the Green Monster. The Dropkicks performed “Shipping up to Boston” with help from the Pops.
This is all we needed. Sights and sounds.
Words? Not on this day.
We don’t even need to say “Boston Strong” anymore. It’s inherent in Bostonians now. In our veins, like it always has been, even before the marathon bombings.
The Red Sox reminded us of all this with one awesome ceremony and one very touching scene from Fenway Friday. Even if it was short on words.