Hope, desires for trustworthy
Red Sox fans have come from far and huge to open a brand new season at Fenway Park with a renewed sense of optimism for the hometown workforce, due to final yr’s playoff look and the offseason addition of lefty ace Chris Sale.
“That is my first ever sport at Fenway, so I’m truly virtually desirous to cry as I stroll previous the banners proper there,” stated David Lilya, 32, of Tampa, Fla., whereas standing outdoors the hallowed ballpark’s gates yesterday. “I’m superstoked for the brand new season. I’m loving the rotation with bringing in Sale and having (defending Cy Younger winner Rick) Porcello.”
Lilya, a hairstylist whose purchasers embrace present Pirates and former Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, flew up from Florida to look at the Sox host the Pirates this afternoon. Cervelli, he stated, is leaving him a ticket at will name.
“I can’t even put into words how excited I’m. I’ve been ready for this for a very long time, and I stated, ‘I’m going to fly up there,’ ” Lilya stated. “I’m wanting ahead to strolling by means of the gate and feeling the historical past of Crimson Sox nation.”
“I feel we’re wanting fairly good, particularly the addition of Chris Sale,” stated Matt Godwin, 25, a Sox fan from Pittsburgh. “If we get all people wholesome, now we have a great shot.”
Godwin stated his pals who made the journey with him are Pirates followers, however he’s beloved the Red Sox since watching the 2004 workforce erase a Three-Zero ALCS deficit in opposition to the Yankees en path to a World Collection win.
Carrie Ann Vincent and Shaun Meaney of Lenox have made the trek down the Mass Pike for the previous 5 opening days collectively.
“It’s my favourite day of the yr,” Vincent stated. “It’s like our Christmas.”
“It’s going to be an incredible season,” Meaney added. “We’re all the time fairly constructive and we’re going to do nicely this yr, we’ve obtained a great workforce.”
“Chris Sale goes to be wonderful,” stated Mike Rodgers, who works within the Red Sox ticket workplace however grew up a fan of the White Sox, Sale’s former workforce. “(Sale) goes to throw the ball nicely, he’s a bulldog.”