Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman yesterday gave a long and eloquent pregame tribute to late Red Sox owner Jean Yawkey, who died of complications from a stroke on Feb. 26.
Gorman asked the Fenway Park crowd of 34,472 to bow their heads in silence and “remember Mrs. Yawkey in your own way.”
The national anthem was sung by Arthur Rawding, who has performed in the past at Fenway and was a personal favorite of Yawkey.
According to Red Sox publicist Dick Bresciani, the team’s new chief executive, John Harrington, did not sit in his usual spot in Yawkey’s box, as a tribute to her. Harrington sat in the stands with his wife.
The players continued to wear the letters “JRY” on their sleeves, as they will all season, and the flag in left-center field will be kept at half-mast.