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   1. Jay Seaver Posted: April 01, 2020 at 07:24 PM (#5935670)
There have been ones with banners and such since then, but I don't think I'll ever have more fun at an opening day than driving down from Maine with my brother on 10 April 1998, moving from crappy right-field box seats to slightly less crappy right-field box seats as people left in disgust only to see the team provide the first evidence that trading Heathcliff Slocumb for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek was a great idea, capped off by a Mo Vaughn grand slam.

On the way back, sports radio wanted to know if people had learned a valuable lesson.
   2. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 01, 2020 at 09:18 PM (#5935689)
That’s one of the few home openers I haven’t attended in the last 40 years. I remember my roommate and I losing our #### when Vaughn hit that grand slam.
   3. karlmagnus Posted: April 03, 2020 at 11:56 AM (#5936200)
I may beat you guys on Sox longevity -- my first (and so far only) Sox home opener was the Patriots Day game in 1972

Alas, Sox lost 4-0 to Cleveland. It was a business school Section outing, and indeed my first live baseball game (I had moved from UK the previous year.) Don't remember much about the game -- not surprising as Sox players didn't do much -- but it was a very enjoyable day albeit FREEZING cold.

My next ballgame was even more enjoyable; warmer, Yaz homer and Sox won against Detroit to put them a game ahead in the division. Fenway still wasn't quite full, though -- friend and I got tickets at the box office on a walk-up basis.
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: April 03, 2020 at 12:27 PM (#5936209)
Unless I went to one as a kid, I think I've only been to 2 home openers. The one in 2003 which was actually supposed to be home game #2 and Pedro let up a ton of runs. And then in 2018 - the game went to extras and we succumbed to the cold and watched the walk-off victory at the bar at Hojoku.
   5. villageidiom Posted: April 03, 2020 at 02:30 PM (#5936256)
My first home opener was opening day 1985, Oil Can Boyd beating Phil Niekro and the Yankees 9-2. I had just turned 15, and I went to the game by myself. My high school was in Boston, and I had to commute there by bus and subway from the suburbs every day. And I knew where Fenway was & how to get there by subway. That was easy.

I thought the hard part was going to be ditching school, but my father wrote a note excusing me from school "so he can attend the Red Sox game". I had no concept that someone could be excused from school for anything other than illness, a death in the family, or maybe a court appearance? I was shocked when my father spelled it out in the note that I was going to the game, and even more shocked when the note was accepted. Man, fifteen years old and getting out of school early to take in Sox/Yanks on opening day, on my own. It was spectacular.
   6. toratoratora Posted: April 03, 2020 at 04:37 PM (#5936294)
Mine isn't a game memory.
In 2014, the Sox opened their season in Baltimore. I worked at a higher end restaurant and the Sox, especially the pitching staff, had been coming in when they were in town for a few years. Me and a coworker always took care of them and we must have done something right because Opening Day night, the Red Sox bought out the entire place and had a private party.
Pretty much everyone was there, John Henry, Cherington,and a laundry list of Sox royalty . They had all three recent Series trophies, passed them around, we even got to hold them. Everyone got hammered and celebrated winning the 2013 Series one last time.
It was awesome, like being at a clubhouse party. Best of all, because they knew us, they pretty much let us take part in the fun. Even the restaurant bosses weren't saying anything because the Sox spent a fortune that night and they knew we were the ones that brought them in.
And they tipped us mad good. We made total bank.
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: April 03, 2020 at 05:52 PM (#5936320)
That's great.
   8. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: April 03, 2020 at 06:12 PM (#5936326)
That’s a wonderful story.
   9. Hockeypbp Posted: April 13, 2020 at 07:19 PM (#5939372)
I attended that 1983 opener, then that night, went to the Garden for Bruins-Nordiques in the playoffs. Peter Stastny scored a first period hat trick to give Quebec a 3-0 lead. The Bruins would rally back for a 4-3 overtime win.

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