The Dropkick Murphys and the Boston Pops will be performing as part of the Opening Day festivities at Fenway Park on Friday in what promises to be an emotional and celebratory day in Boston where fans will see the 2013 champions receive their World Series rings.
The ceremonies begin at 1 p.m and fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 12:50 p.m. The Red Sox, who have won a franchise-record nine straight home openers from 2005-13, will face the NL’s Milwaukee Brewers at 2:05 p.m. with Jake Peavy taking the hill for the Sox.
The pregame ceremonies will also include a moment of silence in tribute to Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, who perished last week when a 9-alarm fire tore through a Beacon Street home a mile and a half from Fenway Park.
The singing of God Bless America in the middle of the 7th inning will be performed by the Boston Fire Department Quartet.
You can also expect to see a moving tribute to the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings nearly a year after the horrific event rocked the city.
The Dropkick Murphys, along with Keith Lockhart conducting members of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, will perform during the ceremonies.
“If you think about what’s elegant and beautiful about music in Boston and if you think about what was so rough-and-passionate about the World Series and ALCS in Boston and you put them both together, well you get the range of musical tastes all at once,” said Red Sox executive VP and Opening Day maestro Dr. Charles Steinberg. “What I think we all wonder, I wonder, is how our approach to those elements triggers the emotions that you feel and that you anticipate that people are going to feel come 1-o’clock on Friday afternoon.”
Members of the Hanscom Airforce Base military will line the length of the Green Monster wall as the American flag drops for the anthem.
To maintain the Opening Day tradition of a flyover at Fenway Park, the United States Coast Guard will fly a single MH-60T helicopter, representing all of our armed forces, at the conclusion of the national anthem.
The pregame presentation of the Red Sox 2013 World Series champion rings are “presented by Samsung.” So move over Selfiegate, make room for Ringgate.
In honor of the 2013 championship, players will wear special gold-trimmed Red Sox jerseys with gold stitching around the World Series Championship patch on the left sleeve, and around the letters and numbers on the front and back of the jersey.
Fenway Park gates will open at 11:35 a.m., 2 ½ hours before the first pitch. For the rest of the regular season, gates will open 1 ½ hours before the game, except for Season Ticket Holders and Red Sox Nation members, who may enter at Gate C 2 ½ hours before each game.
The Red Sox urge fans to take the T. In addition to the familiar Green Line stops at Kenmore Square, the MBTA has also built a new Yawkey station for its Commuter Rail service.
The refurbished station, located just 511 feet from the doorstep of Fenway Park, now has as many as 40 scheduled stops per day, up from only 17 flag stops previously. Yawkey Station is part of the Commuter Rail’s Framingham/Worcester line, which runs from Worcester to South Station. The last outbound train from Yawkey Station departs at 11:36 p.m. on weekdays and 11:10 p.m. on weekends. Departure times for the last train leaving Yawkey Station are subject to change based on the length of the game.Steve Silva can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.