2019 Boston Red Sox Home Opener Will Be Historic

After starting the 2019 season embarking on an 11-game road trip, the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox will return home to Boston. The Red Sox will host its home opener on Tuesday, April 9th against the Toronto Blue Jays. The team will host a historic pregame ceremony. They will also honor Super Bowl LIII Champion New England Patriots as part of its pregame festivities.

Yet it won’t be the first time this has taken place.2018 Boston Red Sox Home Opener

Who could ever forget the 2005 Boston Red Sox home opener?  The team honored the 2004 World Series champions as they won for the World Series first time in 86 years. It was also the first time that the Red Sox honored the Super Bowl XXXIX Champion New England Patriots; in the same pregame ceremony.

In order to really appreciate what this all means to Boston and New England, one should pause and reflect on the importance of this event. Home openers in Boston symbolize success as Boston professional sports teams have won so much and frequently since 2001.

Red Sox Home Opener Marks an Important Anniversary

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the 2004 Red Sox team that broke the 86 year title drought. It’s remarkable that it has been 15 years since the 2004 Boston Red Sox brought joy to millions across New England. However, 2019 also marks the 15th anniversary of the 2004 New England Patriots. They are the last team in the NFL to repeat as Super Bowl Champions after winning it the previous season.

In a city that’s defined by the success of its teams, the 2019 Boston Red Sox home opener will serve as a reminder to everyone that Boston is the city of champions.  The only question left is: what will the  2018 World Series Championship rings look like? We will find out on Tuesday afternoon.

In spite of the Red Sox’s rough start to the 2019 season, it should not dampen optimism for the season. The home opener will offer one last chance for fans and media to appreciate what the 2018 Boston Red Sox accomplished.  They won a franchise record 108 games while embarking on an 11-3 run in October to capture the franchise’s eight World Series title & their fourth title since 2004. These are truly remarkable times for Boston sports fans.

Pedro Martinez To Have His Number Retired by the Red Sox

Pedro Martinez, one of the greatest pitchers in Red Sox and Major League history, will have his number 45 retired by the Sox this season.  The ceremony will take place on July 28 during a game against the Chicago White Sox.  It is an honor that is seldom given by the Sox, but one that is greatly deserved by one of the all-time greats.

Martinez spent seven seasons with the Sox from 1998-2004, and rarely did he disappoint.Pedro Martinez He was always a fan favorite, including being my favorite Sox player ever, because of his great attitude toward the game, and the city of Boston.  He will always be remembered for his final season with the Sox, when the team won their first World Series title in 86 years, and while doing so came back from down three games to none against the hated New York Yankees.  That comeback will probably be seen as the best comeback in sports history forever.

But it wasn’t just that season that gave Martinez his reputation as being one of the best.  I believe that even if the Sox hadn’t made that great comeback (thank God they did though), Martinez would still be receiving this honor.  He recorded an overall record of 117-37 with an ERA of 2.52 during his time with Boston.  But even with how great of a pitcher he was in the regular season, it seemed that he would always step up his game in the playoffs.

Though Martinez is best-known for his time with the Sox, he played for four other teams (L.A. Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies) during his 18 year career.  He had an overall record of 219-100 with an ERA of 2.93.  These numbers were good enough to put Martinez into the Baseball Hall Of Fame this year, which was his first time being on the ballot, an honor that is only given to the greatest.

Martinez will be the ninth number that the Sox have retired.  He will be joining other Sox greats Bobby Doer, Joe Cronin, Johnny Pesky, Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams, Jim Rice and Carlton Fisk, as well as Jackie Robinson’s number 42 which is retired throughout the entire MLB.  With all the great players that have come through the Sox over the years, it is clearly a high honor to be only the eighth Sox player with his number never to be seen again on another player.  It really should be a memorable ceremony for the great man and pitcher, Pedro Martinez.