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"This is the third in a series of memorable moments. There was the winning of series, then the parade, and then there is this culmination. We want to give fans a way to express their emotions and not just receive entertainment. We'll envelop them in music that carries their emotions to a height. They'll see images, people, or objects that inspire emotion. You do it artistically, poetically, musically … like a symphony ... a choreography that taps into a reservoir of emotions."
-- Dr. Charles Steinberg, on the Opening Day at Fenway festivities

Sox aren't giving anything away before Opening Day

Page 2 of 2 -- "You can still do it tastefully, and on Opening Day. Its important to make taste an important element."

Yeah, sure. I'm guessing that most Sox fans won't feel it's too tasteless that the Yankees will have to watch.

Segue from the rings to some highlight videos and what Steinberg calls "appropriate" music. Some might even be written especially for the event. But most of it will be familiar, "music you're accustomed to, so you feel comfortable, like jumping onto a soft blanket," Steinberg says. ("Dirty Water” is fine, but please, no "Sweet Caroline"!)

Then will come the sweetest moment of all, when the championship banner will be raised on the flag pole out in center field, which ought to generate a roar loud enough to hear all the way down in the Bronx. Again, Steinberg won't talk about just how this will be done. But he knows what he wants to accomplish.

"This is the third in a series of memorable moments," he says. "There was the winning of series, then the parade, and then there is this culmination. "We want to give fans a way to express their emotions and not just receive entertainment. We'll envelop them in music that carries their emotions to a height. They'll see images, people, or objects that inspire emotion. You do it artistically, poetically, musically … like a symphony ... a choreography that taps into a reservoir of emotions."

A reservoir 86 years deep.

Then the Yankees will be introduced. Will the boos run as loud, louder, or maybe not as loud, as years past? Then the Sox will be introduced ... the national anthem will be played/sung (no hints on the performer) ... and some mystery person or persons will throw out the ceremonial first pitch(es).

In 30-35 minutes, the ceremonies for which Sox Nation has hungered for so long will be over, the 2005 Sox will trot out to their positions on a field that's been completely rebuilt for the first time since a certain Ruth fellow played here, and finally this most magical of offseasons, when Sox Nation no longer has had to "wait 'til next year", will be over, and it will just be baseball again. Except with a special glow, buffed up by Opening Day, that will probably last a good long while. 

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