As the Red Sox celebrated the opening of the 111th season of baseball at Fenway Park, they paid tribute both to Jackie Robinson on the 75th anniversary of his landmark big league debut, and to longtime Red Sox player and NESN analyst Jerry Remy, who died last fail
The ceremony took place against the backdrop of a sea of empty red and green seats — the result of a late-arriving crowd. The introductions of the Twins was most notable for the smattering of boos directed at new Minnesota shortstop and former Astro Carlos Correa as well as new DH and former Yankee Gary Sánchez.
The biggest ovation during Red Sox introductions was bestowed upon Jackie Bradley Jr. in his first game at Fenway since 2020.
Members of both teams took the field wearing Robinson’s No. 42, which was retired across the majors in 1997. This year, players also wore socks with Robinson’s image.
After the player introductions, the Red Sox offered a video tribute to five former players — Ike Delock, Jeremy Giambi, Jim Corsi, Julio Lugo, and Remy — who died since the end of last season. The Remy video featured clips from both his playing and broadcast careers of him.
A moment of silence followed, after which the Premier Choir of Boston Children’s Chorus sang the national anthem. After a flyover by a Coast Guard helicopter, a video honoring both Robinson’s playing career and his role as a civil rights activist played on the scoreboard.
Mo Vaughn, the last Red Sox player to wear No. 42, was invited to throw out the first pitch. Upon arriving at the mound, Vaughn deferred that honor to his 9-year-old son from him, Lee, who delivered a comet to Kevin Plawecki.
Many of the ballpark employees wore No. 206 pins in memory of Donny Bowes. The longtime and much-beloved security supervisor died March 11 when he was struck by a car in Quincy. Bowes’s employee number was 206.
NESN rechristened its broadcast booth the “Jerry Remy Booth,” and a bouquet of roses and a picture of Remy as well as a commemorative No. 2 patch resided in the area where Remy sat while calling games for 33 seasons.
Peter Abraham of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
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