Red Sox, Patriots to celebrate titles at Fenway season opener
The World Series champion Boston Red Sox have stumbled out of the gate this season, but there still will be a celebratory atmosphere at Fenway Park for the team’s home opener next week.
The Red Sox may be 2-6, but all losses have come on the road. A three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend will close out a nine-game road trip to start the season.
On Tuesday, the Red Sox will finally play a game in their home ballpark, which will be preceded by a ring ceremony celebrating the team’s World Series win last fall.
Adding to the championship vibe, the Red Sox confirmed Thursday that the Super Bowl LIII champion New England Patriots have accepted an invitation to attend the home opener.
📹 #RedSox President Sam Kennedy says the #Patriots will be at @fenwaypark for the home opener on Tuesday #WBZ @skennedysox @NickGNews pic.twitter.com/3AgwCa6TG3— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) April 4, 2019
“We got an exciting day coming up on Tuesday,” Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said Thursday, via CBS Boston. “…. It has been a tough start to the season, but we’re going to celebrate Boston championships on Tuesday. We’ve had a great tradition of celebrating and recognizing Boston teams and their championships, so we’re excited to be celebrating two championships that took place.
“We’ve invited the Patriots and we’re ecstatic they’re going to be there. It’ll be a great day.”
The Patriots famously made an appearance at Fenway on Opening Day just two years ago when Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowksi, Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, among others, paid a visit to celebrate the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI triumph.
Special guests at @RedSox #OpeningDay! pic.twitter.com/fWra3VrYDm— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 3, 2017
Making an entrance. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/9E0Gc7jsGs— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 3, 2017
It’s unknown at this time who will be in attendance, and it will be interesting to see whether Kraft will make an appearance amid his legal issues. The expectation is Brady will show up while the hope is newly retired Gronk will also attend the festivities. Who can forget the last time the two were together at the iconic ballpark?
Gronk, still in WWE form, stole Tom Brady's jersey and ran around Fenway Park with it until Brady tackled him. pic.twitter.com/rObxJs7fvh— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) April 3, 2017