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The Boston Red Sox honored their 2004 championship team before Game 2 of the World Series, and even the Dodgers got a little love.
Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts received a big cheer during the pregame ceremony. He ran out to the mound to hug some of his former teammates, tipped his hat to the crowd and then headed back to the visitors’ dugout.
Roberts didn’t play at all in the ’04 Series, but he had a key stolen base that keyed Boston’s comeback against the rival New York Yankees in the AL playoffs.
Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Kevin Millar, Alan Embree, Keith Foulke, Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz all threw ceremonial first pitches.
TV analyst and former second baseman Jerry Remy also took part in the festivities, helping to deliver a baseball to the mound. Remy has stepped away from the broadcasts while he is being treated for cancer.
Boston’s 8-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series opener drew an average of 13,755,000 viewers on Fox, down 8 percent from the 14,698,000 for the Dodgers’ 3-1 win over Houston in Game 1 last year.
The viewers were the fewest since 12,191,000 for San Francisco’s 7-1 win over Kansas City in the 2014 opener.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn’t foresee any problems if the World Series winner is invited to make the traditional visit to the White House.
Both World Series teams have minority managers for the first time, and President Donald Trump has had tense relationships with many minority groups.
“I think as an institution, Major League Baseball has always had the greatest respect for the office of the presidency,” Manfred said before Game 2 Wednesday night. “That doesn’t change, no matter who’s there. Often we’ve had situations where individuals, players, whatever, don’t agree with all of the policies of the individual that occupies the office. I think the important thing is respect for the office.”
A giant rainbow has appeared over Fenway Park, stretching from end to end. It’s so big and gorgeous that Red Sox players stopped to marvel at it during warmups before Game 2 of the World Series.
Fenway DJ TJ Connelly noticed, too, playing the Rolling Stones’ “She’s A Rainbow ” for fans as they entered the park. Many people walking in stopped to take pictures.
There was rain in the late afternoon that threatened to cancel batting practice for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston for the second straight day. But it cleared up in time for workouts.
There were three rainbows over Fenway before the opener Tuesday, but none that rivaled this spectacular show.
The Red Sox made one change to their starting batting order after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series opener, inserting Christian Vazquez at catcher for Game 2 in place of Sandy Leon.
Boston manager Alex Cora dropped the catcher’s spot one slot to ninth on Wednesday night, raising center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to eighth.
The Dodgers didn’t change their lineup.
David Price starts on the mound for the Red Sox and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the Dodgers. This marks just the third World Series in which both starting pitchers in the first two games are lefties, after 1963 and 1973.
In the opener, the Dodgers became the first team to start nine right-handed hitters in a Series game, none switch-hitters.
Second baseman Brian Dozier leads off for the Dodgers, followed by third baseman Justin Turner, first baseman David Freese, shortstop Manny Machado, left fielder Chris Taylor, designated hitter Matt Kemp, center fielder Enrique Hernandez, right fielder Yasiel Puig and catcher Austin Barnes.
Right fielder Mookie Betts hits leadoff for Boston, followed by left fielder Andrew Benintendi, first baseman Steve Pearce, designated hitter J.D. Martinez, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, third baseman Rafael Devers, second baseman Ian Kinsler, Vazquez and Bradley.
Roberts had Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Joc Pederson on the bench.
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