Sox Honor Red To Kick Off Yankees Series
FENWAY PARK - The second time was the charm for the Boston Red Sox as they honored Red Auerbach and the Celtics on Friday night against the Yankees at Fenway Park. The sellout crowd of 36,786 witnessed Celtics legend Bob Cousy throw out the ceremonial first and second pitches of the night as he threw the second one behind his back in true "Houdini of the Hardwood" form to Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield.
The ceremony began with Red Sox PA announcer Carl Beane introducing members of Celtics ownership who was represented by Managing Partner Robert Epstein, Managing Partner and Governor, Wyc Grousbeck and Dr. James Cash. Celtics President Rich Gotham and Executive Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge were next to step onto the Fenway infield and were followed by Celtics Ryan Gomes and Wally Szczerbiak. Finally, legends Tommy Heinsohn and Cousy were introduced to the packed house.
The opening night tribute video enjoyed by Celtics fans back in November was played again in honor of Red, and as the video was drawing to a close the 16 championship banners unfurled from atop the Green Monster to a tremendous ovation. Moments later Cousy threw out the ceremonial pitches and the Celtics took the field in green jerseys.
The Red Sox capped off the night by producing a come-from-behind 7-6 win against the Yankees that truly would have made Red proud.