The Boston Red Sox were scheduled to play baseball at Fenway Park for the first time in 2020 on Thursday, but the outbreak of the coronavirus has delayed the start of the MLB season, and it's unknown when the action will resume at America's most beloved ballpark.
The Red Sox have given fans many great memories in home openers throughout their storied history -- everything from high-scoring games, walk-off finishes and World Series banner ceremonies.
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While we wait for baseball to return, let's look back at some of the Red Sox's most memorable home opener wins with some Opening Day Dreaming Delivered by Coors Light.
April 11, 2005
It's hard to find a more memorable home opener than this one.
The Red Sox unveiled their 2004 World Series banner on a beautiful Monday afternoon in Boston, and they did it in front of the rival New York Yankees. Ceremonial first pitches were thrown by Celtics legend Bill Russell, Bruins legend Bobby Orr, as well as Patriots stars Tedy Bruschi and Richard Seymour.
The Sox offense scored eight runs on nine hits and Tim Wakefield pitched seven strong innings to power the defending champs to an 8-1 victory.
April 10, 1998
The Mariners jumped out to a 7-2 lead after eight innings thanks to a very good performance from lefty ace Randy Johnson. Unfortunately for the "Big Unit", he wouldn't earn the victory because the Mariners bullpen gave up seven runs in the bottom of the ninth, including a walk-off grand slam to former American League MVP winner Mo Vaughn.
April 6, 1973
The first game to ever include the designated hitter happened when the Red Sox hosted the Yankees for the home opener in 1973.
The Yankees' Ron Blomberg was the first DH to ever step up to the plate in the first inning, and he walked in a run with the bases loaded. Both teams have used the DH with great success since then, and the best example is the career of Red Sox legend David Ortiz.
April 8, 2008
It took the Red Sox 86 years to win their title after 1918, and Boston sports fans only had to wait three years to celebrate the next one.
Boston unveiled its 2007 World Series title flag at Fenway Park before a 5-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.
April 21, 1939
A new era for the Red Sox began in 1939 with Ted Williams embarking on a Hall of Fame career. He went 1-for-5 with an RBI and played right field in his first career home opener.
The Red Sox won 9-2 over the Philadelphia Athletics.
April 4, 2010
The Red Sox welcomed the defending World Series champion Yankees to Fenway Park to kick off the 2010 season with a rare night home opener.
The Yankees had a 5-2 lead after five innings, then the Red Sox offense woke up and scored seven runs over the next three innings en route to a 9-7 win. These teams also combined for 24 hits, including three home runs.
April 6, 1973
Many of the Red Sox' home openers against the rival Yankees have been high-scoring games, and 1973 was no different.
Boston won 15-5 led by Carlton Fisk, Rico Petrocelli, Doug Griffin and Carl Yastrzemski. Fisk went 4-for-6 with two homers and six RBI. Petrocelli went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Griffin was 4-for-5 with two RBI. Yastrzemski went 2-for-4 and also hit a home run.
April 5, 2018
The Red Sox won a franchise-record 108 regular season games in 2018, and that included a walk-off victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the home opener.
Boston trailed 2-0 entering the bottom of the ninth inning and scored two runs to force extra innings. Hanley Ramirez came up to the plate with the bases loaded in the 12th inning and delivered a walk-off single to seal a 3-2 win.
The Red Sox would go on to win the World Series in October.
April 8, 1985
The Red Sox dominated the Yankees in their first Fenway Park matchup of 1985.
Eight of the nine Red Sox starters tallied at least one hit, with Dwight Evans and Tony Armas hitting one homer apiece. Jim Rice also went 1-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored.
April 14, 1942
Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky made his Fenway Park debut in the 1942 home opener, where he went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in an 8-3 victory against the Philadelphia Athletics.