Today is Patriots’ Day in Boston, a holiday that commemorates the first battles of the American Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord (thank you Mr. Anderson). While the day is celebrated in both Massachusetts and Maine, it’s best known for Bostonians phoning in sick to work, getting wicked wasted by 9:00 AM, celebrating the start of the Boston Marathon by downing more Sam Adams, then going to Fenway Park where they’re usually thrown out of the stadium just in time to catch the race as it passes by.
Barring weather and work stoppages, the Red Sox have played at home on Patriots Day every year since 1959. However, the early 11:00 AM start time to today’s Blue Jays and Red Sox game is a tradition dating back only to 1968. The purpose of scheduling the early game was so that spectators would be able to see the Boston Marathon coming through Kenmore Square, near Fenway Park, just as the game ended. However, the race has begun around 9:30 AM in recent years, which has caused the runners to pass close to Fenway in the middle of the game instead.
Considering that Daisuke Matsuzaka is pitching today for Boston, the marathon is expected to pass by before the third inning.
Of course, Patriots’ Day also brought us this classic moment from Red Sox history: