Opening Day (take 2)

The weather is apparently willing to cooperate today, and so the Red Sox and Rays will begin their seasons a day later than originally planned when Josh Beckett delivers the first pitch at roughly 4:06 p.m.

But before the first cry of “Play ball!” the Red Sox have some pregame festivities planned, and while there is at least one change from yesterday’s agenda, today should still have all the pomp and circumstance we’ve come to expect from Opening Day at Fenway.

A recap of the items on the pregame menu:

  • The Boston Pops will perform the national anthem before the start of the game. Recording artist Seal was scheduled to sing the anthem yesterday, but he can’t make it today because of a previous commitment. The Pops will also perform “God Bless America” and “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.
  • As part of the introductions, Red Sox players will arrive on the field through the stands instead of the dugout, greeting fans along the way. The defending champion Philadelphia Phillies used a similar “Field of Dreams”-style entrance during their opener Sunday night.
  • The Red Sox have said they are hopeful that Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will be at Fenway today to deliver the ceremonial first pitch from the mound. Kennedy, who has been battling brain cancer for the past year, was expected to be on hand yesterday before the postponement.
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