Happy Birthday Fenway Park!

After thoroughly enjoying myself yesterday at Fenway Park’s Open House, I’m ready and stoked for today’s game and celebrations. I just only wish I was lucky enough to have snagged tickets for the game. Anyway I’ll be enjoying it from the comfort of my home and I’ll try to update about each moment as best I can.

In just less than two hours, NESN will be covering the Red Sox and all the pre-game ceremonies at 1pm EST. MLB TV’s “Internationl Talk” will be airing for the second time at 1pm today; however without Kevin Millar. The special 90-minute edition “International Talk” will be hosted by Chris Rose and Tom Verducci as a guest. As informed from Red Sox’s website, “All living Red Sox uniformed personnel whom the team could track down were invited to participate in Friday’s ceremony, which is scheduled to start a little after 2 p.m. ET. The pregame ceremony will air live on redsox.com and MLB.com.” In addition, “after gates open at 12:30, the Red Sox will prepare a toast. When fans get to their seats, they’ll find a grape juice drink and cups beneath their seats. At the end of the pregame ceremonies, the Red Sox will attempt to set a world record for the largest toast in a single venue” (Red Sox).

Here’s what’s known about some of the rest of the festivities going on today: “John Williams, who’s composed a gaggle of famous cinema scores, will conduct the Boston Pops in the debut of his new composition, ‘Fanfare for Fenway.’ The Pops’ regular conductor, Keith Lockhart, will conduct for the national anthem. There will be a flyover with two modern planes — F-16s — and two World War II-era P-51 Mustangs. The stars and stripes will be draped over the Green Monster” (Red Sox). However, the Red Sox are keeping the ceremonial first pitch a secret, so you must stay tuned to watch the game for that.

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The game itself begins at 3.05pm EST with the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees going head to head on the 100-year anniversary of Fenway’s first Major League game as well as their first match-up of this 2012 season. Fenway Park is in fact the only Major League park to stand for at least 100 years. “There was a college exhibition at Fenway and a pair of rainouts before April 20, 1912, the day the Red Sox beat the Yankees (then the Highlanders), 7-6, in 11 innings in the ballpark’s first official game. Boston went on to win 105 regular-season games and the ’12 World Series” (Red Sox).

As I stated in a previous post, both teams will be dressed in throwback uniforms to mark the day.

Also as you wait for the celebrations to begin, check out this video of Wally visits New York as Wally tries to invoke enthusiasm about the Fenway Park’s 100th birthday celebration around the hated rival’s city. Here’s a nice article titled “Fenway birthday adds to Red Sox-Yanks rivalry” from the Red Sox site; there’s a great video detailing some highlight moments of Fenway in its 100 years.

In addition if you aren’t in Boston for the celebration today, there is a party in San Diego, California if you are around that area.

Edgeware Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Boston’s Fenway Park and Pays Special Tribute to San Diego native and Red Sox great, Ted Williams.

Two-Day Special Event:
Friday evening, April 20, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.
4186 Adams Ave. San Diego CA, 92116

To conclude this post, here’s the lineup for day’s special game.

Mike Aviles SS
Ryan Sweeney RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
David Ortiz DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Cody Ross LF4
Jason Repko CF

Clay Buchholz SP


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