It’s a whole new ballgame for Red Sox

From left, John Lackey, Jon Lester, and Mike Napoli on their way to a welcome home party for the Red Sox.
From left, John Lackey, Jon Lester, and Mike Napoli on their way to a welcome home party for the Red Sox.

April is the cruelest month, especially when the Red Sox are struggling and the temperature barely gets above freezing at Fenway Park. But the Olde Towne Team is playing reasonably well in the early going this season, and the sun was shining brightly at Monday’s home opener.

So Boston’s mythical sellout streak continued for at least one more day, and a bevy of boldfacers filled the ballpark’s suite seats. The overflow crowd included many of the usual suspects, like Mayor Tom Menino and “Glee” actor Mike O’Malley, plus a couple of wild cards — yes, that was astronaut Buzz Aldrin orbiting the owner’s box.

“We’re season ticketholders who renewed before this promising start,” said restaurateur Patrick Lyons. “We’re believers.”


Others apparently still on board the Sox bandwagon include Senator Mo Cowan, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, Bank of America’s Anne Finucane, New Balance boss Jim Davis, Reebok’s Paul Foster, developer Steve Weiner, Suffolk Construction’s John Fish, Intercontinental Real Estate’s Peter Palandjian, and Hampshire House CEO Tom Kershaw.

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Also basking under the blue sky at the ballpark were Davio’s owner Steve DeFillippo, Big Night Entertainment’s Ed Kane, Union Oyster House owner Joe Milano, writer Ben Mezrich and his wife, Tonya, MIX 104.1’s Kennedy Elsey, band managers Mark Kates and Michael Creamer, and Buffalo Tom frontman Bill Janovitz.

Entercom’s Julie Kahn made the scene, as did Pier 4’s Anthony Athanas, Willowbend Country Club owner David Southworth, real estate tycoons Kevin Phelan and Jim Rappaport, Delaware North’s hostess with the mostest, Mary Clivio, Larry Lucchino’s nephew David Lucchino, cofounder of Semprus BioSciences, and Boston’s foremost flack, George Regan.

As soon as Sox closer Joel Hanrahan recorded the final out, O’Malley headed over to the House of Blues, where players and front office peeps gathered for the team’s “Welcome Home Party,” an annual fund-raiser for the Red Sox Foundation. (Dustin Pedroia, Will Middlebrooks, Clay Buchholz, and the rest of the team took part in a spoof of the ’70s game show “Match Game.”)

O’Malley, who emceed the event, isn’t predicting a World Series for the 2013 Sox, but he likes them.


“It’s an exciting team to watch,” he said. “It’s cool seeing people enthusiastic and fired up about baseball. Last year was last year.”

Right, let’s keep it that way.