Initially, you could sense the fans’ indifference toward the players and the game. After all, there had been 259 days between games at Fenway Park, and during that time, some fans decided their emotions were not going to be invested in supporting money-hungry players and owners.
Yet others anticipated the return of baseball on a daily, if not hourly, basis.
Finally, they all got a chance to react yesterday.
Except for the applause when Jose Canseco launched a titanic homer in batting practice, fans were cautious with their cheers and boos. It was ironic that on Opening Day at Fenway, the largest ovation during the introductions was for Jim Rice, a positive Red Sox memory when the game wasn’t as spoiled.
But while the buildup was slow, by the time the Red Sox had scored seven runs in the sixth inning of a 9-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins, it was evident that the home team had done all it could to win its fans back after the 7 1/2-month strike.
You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month
Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.
- High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
- Convenient access across all of your devices
- Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
- Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
- Less than 25¢ a week