Not long after law enforcement officials captured Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday night, the Boston Red Sox excitedly tweeted that baseball would be returning to Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 20, 2013
It was also announced that Saturday's game will be broadcast by MLB Network, with a special pregame show beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. Standard blackout rules apply in the Boston and Kansas City markets. Part of the pre-game ceremonies was an American Flag drop by first-responders and volunteers from the Boston community. Billie Weiss, the assistant team photographer for the Red Sox, captured the must-watch video above during preparations.
Obviously this is a big day for the city of Boston as evidenced by the celebrations in the streets late Friday night into Saturday morning and even the reactions from all around the country — including Citi Field in New York — and there's nothing bigger in town than a Red Sox game at Fenway. It might even feel like opening day all over again. After spending four terrifying days (that probably felt like four months) wondering and waiting, they can finally get back to normal and turn their pent up anxiety into positive energy.
Of course the players are just as excited, and many of them took to Twitter to express their joy and also say thank you to those who keep their city safe.
— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) April 20, 2013
We stood together! Amazing work by all involved. #BostonStrong
— Shane Victorino (@ShaneVictorino) April 20, 2013
To the JTTF and all the law enforcement officials who have worked day and night to ensure our safety. Thank you! #BostonStrong
— Jon Lester (@JLester31) April 20, 2013
— Mike Napoli (@MikeNapoli25) April 20, 2013
As for my personal message to Boston and especially those heading to Fenway on Saturday morning: Go. Have. Fun!