The Red Sox play their first home game of the 2019 season against the Blue Jays at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday at Fenway Park.
On Monday, the team announced pregame ceremonies will commence at 1 p.m. to unveil the team’s 2018 World Series championship banner, present World Series rings, raise the 2018 championship flag, and perform the national anthem before Red Sox starter Chris Sale throws the first pitch. Fans are encouraged to arrive in their seats by 12:45 p.m.
According to the Red Sox, military members from Hanscom Air Force Base will line the length of the Green Monster in left field as the American flag drapes over the 37-foot wall. Keith Lockhart will lead musicians from the Boston Pops orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in performances of both the Canadian and American national anthems. The anthem will be capped with a fly-over by four F-16 jets from the 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard.
The Red Sox will wear special gold-trimmed hats and jerseys with gold stitching around World Series Championship patches on the hat and the jersey’s left sleeve, as well as on the jersey’s letters in front and numbers on the back.
Springfield native and The Voice alum Michelle Brooks Thompson will perform “God Bless America” in the middle of the seventh inning.
Red Sox CEO and team president Sam Kennedy confirmed on April 4 that members of the New England Patriots will be in attendance to celebrate the franchise’s Super Bowl LIII victory alongside the Red Sox.
— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) April 4, 2019
“We’ve had a great tradition of celebrating and recognizing Boston teams and their championships, so we’re excited to celebrate two championships that took place,” Kennedy said.
While no official announcement has been made on which Patriots would attend, Rob Gronkowski told the crowd at Saturday’s Make-A-Wish Gala at the InterContinental Hotel “I’ll be there!” in reference to the Red Sox’ home opener. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore also confirmed he would be in attendance.
WEEI’s morning show Mut & Callahan reported Monday that Tom Brady and Robert Kraft are not expected to attend ceremonies at Fenway Park Tuesday. Reportedly, neither Bill Belichick nor any other Patriots coaches are expected to attend as well.
Breaking: According to the Patriots do not expect Tom Brady or Bob Kraft at Fenway Park tomorrow for the Sox home opener.
— Mut & Callahan (@MutCallahan) April 8, 2019
The Patriots last brought their Super Bowl trophies to Fenway on April 3, 2017, in celebration of their Super Bowl LI victory over the Falcons. Robert Kraft, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, James White, and Dion Lewis attended that day along with the team’s five Lombardi trophies.
Fans may remember Gronkowski stealing Brady’s jersey in reference to the post-Super Bowl LI theft and running into the Fenway Park outfield before being tackled by his own quarterback.
Fenway Park’s gates open at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday.