182Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb

It’s down to three days,  mere hours until the World Champion Red Sox “Boys of Summer” are back in action as the heart of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. This Friday, April 4, at 2:05 p.m. the 2014 season opener gets underway at storied Fenway Park when the 2013 World Series Champ Red Sox take on the Milwaukee Brewers.

Currently, no tickets are available for the opening game but redsox.com advises checking back to see if availability changes. However, tickets are still on sale for the games against the Brewers on Saturday night 7:10 p.m. April 5 and Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. on April 6 – following Sunday’s game all children in attendance have a chance to run the bases at Fenway.

In appreciation for their service the Red Sox have partnered with GOVX.COM to offer special ticket pricing for active-duty, reserve, veteran and retired military service members and their families – “on a first-come, first-served” basis.

Listed as likely pitchers for Friday are Jake Peavy vs. Marco Estrada, Sat. Clay Buchholz vs. Wily Peralta and on Sunday TBA vs. Yovani Gallundo,

Expect Yawkey Way to be lively with entertainment to greet Red Sox Nation fans, such as stilt walker Big League Brian, the Hot Tamales Brass Band, a face painter, balloon artist and juggler. On Saturdays and Sundays look for a caricature artist.187193

First time visitors to Fenway are invited to to pick up “First Timers” items by stopping by Fan Services at gates E, D or B, according to redsox.com.

On game days official Red Sox Nation members with a valid game ticket have the opportunity to watch batting practice thirty minutes before gates open “atop” the Green Monster – the legendary 37 foot 2 inch wall overlooking left field which is said to be between 310-315 feet from home plate, and is known as a frequent target for right-handed hitters. Each eligible Red Sox Nation member can bring one guest. Go to Gate C – Nation’s Way, one hour before gates open. There are presently three purchase packages to become a Red Sox Nation citizen: the starter package at $14.95, the All-Star package at $49.95 and the Hall of Famer at $249.95.  Visit redsox.com for more information about what comes with each package.

Be sure to stop for a photo with the ‘Green Monster’!188

Tours of Fenway Park, including special birthday tours, are also offered year round and are handicap accessible. Call 617-226-6666.

“Let’s play ball……”