Assuming there’s no sweep, the Red Sox and Rays are scheduled to play Game 4 of their ALDS series at Fenway on Monday. That schedule could potentially lead to one of the most unique moments in Major League and Boston sports history.
Game 4 wouldn’t be the only major sporting event taking place in the city that day. With it being a national holiday, the 2021 Boston Marathon – rescheduled from April due to COVID – is set to be run that morning. Traditionally, the Red Sox play at 11 a.m. on Marathon Monday, which falls on Patriots Day when most people are off from work and school. Will the schedule reflect that tradition for an October running?
According to NBC Sports Boston’s John Tomase, the Red Sox are trying to make that happen. “With Marathon and possible ALDS Game 4 both scheduled for Monday, my understanding is that Red Sox would love to host a traditional Patriots’ Day matinee, but it’s logistically unlikely,” Tomase tweeted on Wednesday. “Still, there could be 4 games that day, which would bump someone to the 2 or 3 p.m. window.”
So far, Major League Baseball has scheduled out the first three games of the series, with games at 8:07 p.m. on Thursday and 7:02 p.m. on Friday in Tampa, and a 4:07 p.m. start Sunday in Boston. All four games scheduled for Monday – both ALDS Game 4’s and NLDS Game 3’s – are currently listed as ‘TBD.’
Of course, the Red Sox and Rays have to get to Game 4 first. And if they do, it raises one other question – will the Red Sox wear their yellow Boston Marathon uniforms since it’s technically Marathon Monday?
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