Category: Special Days

 Red Sox  raise their World Series banner

After starting the season with 11 consecutive road games – and losing 8 of them – the Red Sox finally hold their home opener. The raise their World Series banner and their players receive their rings, but they lose again, 7 – 5 to the Blue Jays. On the positive side, Dustin Pedroia starts at second base in his first game since last May, and it is the first time ever that both managers hail from Puerto Rico: Alex Cora for Boston and Charlie Montoyo for Toronto.

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Boston Red Sox play first game after Marathon Bombings

2013 – The Red Sox play their first home game since the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, defeating Kansas City, 4 – 3. David Ortiz, playing his first game of the year, gives a rousing speech thanking municipal authorities and police before the game. Ortiz sums up the mood of the city when he tells the capacity crowd, “This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston. This is our f’***ng city, and nobody’s going to dictate our freedom. Stay Strong.” Neil Diamond comes in person to sing “Sweet Caroline” in the 8th inning. Daniel Nava has the key blow, a three-run homer in the bottom of the 8th. The Red Sox would hang a uniform in the club house for the remainder of the season “617” was the number and Boston Strong was the name. They used this energy and theme to propel them to the 2013 World title.

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The U.S. government places a plaque at Jackie Robinson’s former apartment in Montreal

The U.S. government places a plaque at Jackie Robinson’s former apartment in Montreal as a tribute to the Canadian city for their exemplary treatment of the future Hall of Fame infielder. The season before he broke the color barrier, the Dodger farmhand led the hometown Royals to the 1946 International League championship with a .349 batting average and earned the circuit’s Most Valuable Player for his outstanding performance with the team.

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Red Sox crush Baltimore on Patriots Day

In Boston, Dustin Pedroia goes 4 for 6 as Boston beats Baltimore, 12 – 1, to complete a four-game sweep. Justin Masterson, subbing for an injured Daisuke Matsuzaka, wins his first start of the season in a game that begins at 11:00 AM on Patriots Day.

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Ryan Freel Dirty T-shirt giveaway from the Reds

In honor of their hard playing center fielder, the first 10,000 adult fans attending the game at Great American Ball Park receive a Ryan Freel Dirty T-shirt giveaway from the Reds. The Cincinnati leadoff hitter, known to finish games wearing a filthy uniform, doesn’t disappoint as he raises lots of dust getting on base twice, including a key single in the tenth inning, in the Reds’ 2-1 victory over the Phillies. 

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Bob Sheppard Day at Yankee Stadium

On ‘Bob Sheppard Day’, the Yankees pay tribute to “The Voice of Yankee Stadium,” honoring his 50-years of service with a plaque in Monument Park. With Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, and Don Larsen on hand during the pregame ceremonies, former CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite reads the inscription, which makes reference to the long-time legendary P.A. announcer’s clear, concise, and correct vocal style that has announced players, ‘both unfamiliar and legendary – with equal divine reverence”.

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this day in baseball 1165

On September 29, 1963, the St. Louis Cardinals staged “Stan Musial Day” at Sportsman’s Park. Musial banged out two hits in his final major league appearance, giving him a total of 3,630 for his career. After his second hit,...

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