Fun facts the Sox and Opening Day
Opening Day is finally here, even if the weather isn't cooperating here in Boston, so to get you guys in the mood for baseball, here are some fun facts about Opening Day, per CBS Sports:
- The Red Sox are 55-57-1 all-time on Opening Day.
- Including 2014, the Red Sox have opened on the road in 16 of the last 19 seasons, beginning in 1996. They’ve gone 7-8 in those games.
- Jon Lester will make his fourth career opening day start and fourth straight for the Red Sox. He will become the first Red Sox pitcher to start four straight season-openers since Pedro Martinez did it in each of his seven seasons with the club.
- Overall, this will be the 21st season in which a left-hander has started Boston’s first game of the season (9-11).
- Dustin Pedroia has hit safely in all seven Red Sox openers since 2007, batting .393 with two doubles, two homers, five RBI, and six runs scored. It’s the longest Opening Day hitting streak by a Red Sox since Mo Vaughn hit safely in seven straight season-opening contests from 1992-98.
- Carl Yastrzemski hit a team-record six opening day homers.
- American tenor Richard Troxell will perform the National Anthem at Camden Yards. This will be the ninth time he’s performed the National Anthem on Baltimore’s opening day, and he will also sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.