Red Sox Ring Ceremony and Home Opener Spoiled by Blue Jays, 7-5
Boston, MA– After a 3-8 road trip on the west coast, the Boston Red Sox returned home to Fenway Park with the hope that, for this game, things would be different. Instead, Chris Sale fell to 0-3 on the season as the Red Sox dropped the game by a score of 7-5 against the Toronto Blue Jays. The loss also dropped Boston to sole possession of last place in the American League East and to a basement of 20 fewer percentage points in terms of their post-season potentiality.
Obviously, it's still early, but the Red Sox are digging themselves quite the hole and aside from Mitch Moreland, J.D. Martinez, and, shockingly, the bullpen, no one is helping them climb out of that deficit on a regular basis.
The Fenway faithful were left disappointed after Boston jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a Moreland home run and a Dustin Pedroia hit that turned into a fielder's choice. However, Sale ended up allowing five runs in four innings and only struck out three, so a Mookie Betts home run and a pair of key Xander Bogaerts plays were not enough for the team to mount a comeback.
On the bright side, the aforementioned Pedroia finally made his return to big league action after over three hundred days on the sidelines, and he was able to record a single and drive in a run.
On the even brighter side, the pre-game festivities were positively delightful for any Boston sports fans, as past World Series MVPs Manny Ramirez, Mike Lowell, and David Ortiz joined Steve Pearce on the field to celebrate the four baseball championships won by the team since 2004. The roster also received their World Series rings and continued to bask in the glow of last year's championship.
Also in attendance were representatives of the reigning Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, including Stephon Gilmore, Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, and the newly retired Rob Gronkowski. Aside from the actual game yesterday, it was a great day to be a Red Sox fan!