Patriots’ Day is a special day in Boston and in the world of sports. Officially, the day marks the recognized anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord and the start of the American Revolution. To those who are in Boston on the occasion in the middle of April each year, Patriots’ Day means the Boston Marathon and Red Sox baseball in the morning. This is the only game in the Red Sox schedule that starts at 11:00am each year.
Since 1968, the Red Sox have celebrated this special day for New England with the only baseball game on the official schedule that starts before noon. The timing of the game means the runners from the marathon start to filter through Kenmore Square during the 5th or 6th inning. The Boston Marathon used to start a little later in the morning, so the runners would be coming through Kenmore Square at about the same time Red Sox game was ending.
There’s something special about sports being played in the morning, especially in New England. I realize that these games probably don’t get the same viewer share on NESN because lots of people are at work, but it also reminds us of how sports used to be in America, before the proliferation of massive stadium lights and the television sets that made night games so much more profitable.