Truck Day has passed for the Boston Red Sox, so lets look ahead to the upcoming spring training schedule and the season ahead, including the “Theme Nights” planned at Fenway Park.
Pitchers and catchers will report to JetBlue Park this Wednesday, February 14, with the first full squad workout scheduled for Monday, February 19.
Plenty of players are showing up early to get a jump on things down in Fort Myers.
Red Sox Nation is cordially invited to attend a free open house at JetBlue Park on Saturday, February 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Alex Cora will officially make his managerial debut as the Red Sox’s new skipper on February 22 during the annual doubleheader against local ball clubs from Northeastern University and Boston College during their exhibition season opener.
There are 35 spring training games on the docket for the Red Sox and they will be opening up Grapefruit League play on Friday, February 23 against the Minnesota Twins.
Chris Sale and the Red Sox will open up their regular season on Thursday, March 29, when they head to Tropicana Field to take on the Tampa Bay Rays.
And the Sox will later host the Rays in their own home opener on Thursday, April 5 over at Fenway Park.
This year’s All-Star Game is happening on Tuesday, July 17 at Nationals Park in our Nation’s Capital. And the Red Sox will close out the regular season with a three-game series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park during the final weekend of September.
Throughout the season, the Red Sox have scheduled a series of “Theme Nights” at Fenway Park.
Here’s a list of the upcoming “Theme Nights”:
Class of 2018: April 13, April 30 and May 14
Sports & Entertainment Career Fair: April 13 vs. Baltimore Orioles
Autism Speaks: April 28 vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Wally’s Birthday: April 29 vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Star Wars Night: May 1 vs. Kansas City Royals
Cheers Night: May 14 vs. Oakland A’s
College Series (UMass: Amherst): May 16 vs. Oakland A’s
Fenway Cornhole Classic: May 19 vs. Baltimore Orioles
Margaritaville Night: May 29 vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Jewish Heritage Night: June 5 vs. Detroit Tigers
Pride Night: June 7 vs. Detroit Tigers
Country Night: July 9 vs. Texas Rangers
Catholic Night: July 10 vs. Texas Rangers
WWE Night: July 11 vs. Texas Rangers
Grateful Dead Night: July 30 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Peanuts Night: August 20 vs. Cleveland Indians
College Series (Boston College): September 12 vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day: September 13 vs. Toronto Blue Jays
College Series (Northeastern University): September 24 vs. Baltimore Orioles
Law Enforcement Night: September 25 vs. Baltimore Orioles
College Series (Harvard): September 25 vs. Baltimore Orioles
It still might be winter, but we can start looking forward to those beautiful summer nights at Fenway and the warmer months ahead.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com