Green Sox

The Red Sox will follow their relatively recent tradition and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green caps and white jerseys with green lettering during today’s crucial Mayor’s Cup showdown with the Twins. Reportedly, the uniforms are slightly different than the ones they have worn in past seasons.

According to the Red Sox’ public relations staff, it is believed the St. Patrick’s Day tradition began in 1990, when Roger Clemens purchased green caps and stirrups for the entire team. Feel free to supply your own punchline here.

The Red Sox are 6-2-1 on St. Patrick’s Day since 2000, but they have not won since 2005 — and that game was actually played the next day after a rainout. (They still wore green.)

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Given that their Mayor’s Cup battle with the Twins is tied at a game apiece thus far this spring, the importance of prevailing today cannot be overstated. (Okay, maybe it can.)

In keeping with the good spirit of the day, Jason Varitek today will wear green catcher’s gear, which will be auctioned off on redsox.com to benefit Children’s Hospital.

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