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Fans Flock to Fenway for Sox Home Opener

BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — For many, Opening Day at Fenway is much like a tradition as the Boston Marathon, or the Boston Pops on the Esplanade.

Friday was no exception as over 36,000 people packed Fenway Park for it’s 102nd opening day.

The Red Sox had won their first home game in 17 of the last 21 seasons, which includes a club-record nine straight home openers since 2005.

Friday marked the team’s first home game in 156 days since they clinched the World Series on October 30.

For Scott Sarat of Westfield, today was his 20th straight opening day.

“[What is it about opening day?] It’s a fresh season, fresh start. It’s the beginning of Spring. It’s everything for everybody in New England,” Sarat explains.

For Bruce Niemczyk, Ken O’Brien and Mike Noonan, all of Northampton, it’s a similar tradition.

They were here for their 47th straight opening day.

Thankfully, the weather held out for opening ceremonies at Fenway, where the Sox received their World Series rings ahead of their ahead of their opening home game.

The Sox lost today’s home opener 6-2 to the Milwaukee Brewers. The two teams play again Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

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