There was a neat moment at Fenway Park today in the eighth inning.
Dustin Pedroia was 0 for 2 with a walk as he came to the plate and the fans knew this would likely be his last chance to extend a hitting streak that had reached 24 games.
As Pedroia stepped in, the crowd of 37,822 cheered and only got louder as the at-bat against Greg Holland went on. They were rewarded when Pedroia slugged a 3-2 pitch into the Monster Seats.
Francona was focused on the game. But he appreciated what went on.
"I do think our fans are pretty special. They do react to things like that. It's part of what makes Fenway so great," he said. "We don't need to have President races or mustard racing ketchup. Our fans like our baseball. I actually really think that's cool. Nothing against mustard."