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Red Sox Announce Opening Day Celebrations And Tributes

At long last we are just three weeks away from the Red Sox taking the Fenway Park field for the 2024 season. Though the team opens up on the road with a 10-game run out west, their Boston home opener will be full of celebratory and emotional moments. On Tuesday April 9, the Red Sox will take on the Baltimore Orioles. This is the team's first game of the season at home. Believe it or not, 2024 also marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most special teams in the history of the club. Yes, we're talking about that 2004 team that came back from being down 0-3 and historically defeated the Yankees. Of course then they went out to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals, winning the World Series. "The Boston Red Sox today announced that the 20th Anniversary of the 2004 Championship team will be celebrated during pregame ceremonies before Fenway Park’s home opener at 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9," the team said via a press release. Although it has not been revealed which players will be in attendance, the Red Sox confirmed that the 2004 roster was invited. Red Sox Opening Day Will Honor Tim Wakefield "In addition to marking the milestone anniversary, the ceremony will include a special tribute honoring the life, legacy, and community impact of Red Sox Hall of Famer Tim Wakefield and his wife, Stacy," the club explained. To pay tribute to the knuckleballer, who was a fan favorite, the Red Sox will wear a #49 patch on their jersey sleeves all season long. All fans in attendance on Fenway's opening day will receive a commemorative Wakefield pin. This will resemble the uniform patch. The patch and pin symbol is a navy blue heart with the red #49 in the middle. The shape was designed to represent Wakefield’s role as Honorary Chairman of the Red Sox Foundation. [select-gallery gallery_id="549848" syndication_name="what-are-the-boston-red-sox-retired-numbers" description="yes"]

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