100th Anniversary Celebration At Fenway: A Fanfare, A Toast

On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic sank in the north Atlantic Ocean.

Five days later, Fenway Park in Boston opened for business. The two events are not thought to be related.

Friday, April 20, 2012, is thus the 100th anniversary of the first game at Fenway Park, which was between the Red Sox and New York Yankees (the Red Sox won 5-2). The same two teams will face each other Friday afternoon, beginning at 3 p.m. ET, the same time they played on the first Fenway day.

An hour before that, the Red Sox will have a 100th anniversary ceremony, which will include John Williams conducting the Boston Pops in “Fanfare For Fenway”, many living former Red Sox players, and:

… a toast to Fenway Park. When fans arrive at their seats, they will find a grape juice drink and cups beneath their seats or in cup holders. The crowd will be invited to participate in the toast at the end of the pre-game ceremonies, in an attempt to set a world record for the largest toast in a single venue.

And then they’ll play the Yankees. With Boston off to a 4-8 start, that might even be more important to Red Sox Nation.

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