BOSTON (WPRI) — Despite being tied for last in the American League East following a dismal 3-8 road trip to start the season, the Boston Red Sox received a hero’s welcome ahead of their home opener at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
Fans were treated to a ceremony in which the team’s 2018 World Series banner was revealed and the players and coaches received their championship rings.
Past and present Red Sox were on hand for the event, including David Ortiz, Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell.
But the Red Sox weren’t the only team honored for being world champions. Members of the New England Patriots joined in on the festivities with their new hardware. The recently retired Rob Gronkowski threw out the ceremonial first pitch, along with cornerback Stephon Gillmore and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman.
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The celebration didn’t do anything to help the Red Sox’ woes, however, and they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5.