Happy birthday, Fenway Park. America's Most Beloved Ballpark turned 100 years old on Friday, and the Boston Red Sox are throwing a big birthday bash for their magical ballpark.
The gates will open at 12:30 p.m. EST, with the festivities set to begin at 2 p.m. Oh, and did we mention that they're playing the New York Yankees at 3:05 p.m.? Not only is it the biggest rivalry in all of sports, but the Yanks' were the Red Sox' first opponent at Fenway one century ago with the same start time. Talk about special. Can it get any better?
Yes, it can. All living members of the Red Sox have been invited back to Fenway for an on field celebration before the game. In addition, Oscar-winning composer John Williams will be conducting the Boston Pops as they debut "Fanfare for Fenway," which is Williams' newest composition. Keith Lockhart will then conduct the Pops for the National Anthem and "Hymn to New England," followed by a flyby from the Air Force's Heritage Flight team.
Finally, the Red Sox will attempt to break a world record with a toast to Fenway Park. Fans will find grape juice drinks and cups beneath their seats (so you might not want to wear white), and will be asked to participate in a toast after the pregame ceremonies in effort to set the new world record for the largest toast at a single venue.
Gethin Coolbaugh, the editor of SB Nation Boston (otherwise known as myself), will be live at Fenway Park to cover all the fun. Follow @GethinCoolbaugh on Twitter for updates.
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