BOSTON — Boston Red Sox fans attending Friday’s game did most of their cheering before the game when the team received their 2013 World Series championship rings at Fenway Park.
The Milwaukee Brewers went on to beat the Red Sox 6-2, spoiling the team’s home opener.
Sox slugger David Ortiz received the most cheers from fans during the ring ceremony. The veteran, who is the only Red Sox player with three championship rings (2004, ‘07, ‘13), also was presented with a ring recognizing the MVP award he won in the World Series.
The ring ceremony began with a montage on the video board that highlighted last season’s accomplishments.
“During this special celebration of the 2013 championship win, we were honored to present our players and uniformed personnel and staff with these spectacular rings that we hope capture the emotions of the 2013 season,” said Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry.
“The rings celebrate the Red Sox’s winning history, capture the unique personality of the team and highlight the city of Boston which was an integral part of this team’s story last season,” Henry added.
The Red Sox also commemorated Boston Marathon victims during the ceremony as family members left the Green Monster with the rings and placed them on a table on the first-base line before they were given to the team
The ceremony also drew two players the Red Sox didn’t expect to make it, right fielder Shane Victorino and pitcher Ryan Dempster. Victorino had been suffering from the flu and Dempster is on the restricted list this season, facing possible retirement. However, Dempster put on his uniform and was accompanied by his son.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said he had been looking forward to the ceremony.
“It will be a great day to look back on a very, very special year,” he said before the ceremony.
Farrell also has a World Series ring from 2008, when he served as Boston’s pitching coach under former manager Terry Francona. But Farrell said it’s in a safe and he has just worn that one once.
The skipper said he probably won’t wear this large ring too much either. When talking about it, Farrell paused and then just smiled.
“I guess I’m not into bling,” he said with a smile.
After the ring ceremony, a first-pitch ceremony was held that featured recent Red Sox champions Pedro Martinez, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek, each carrying a World Series trophy.
Retired Bruins hockey player Mark Recchi also was present and drove a golf cart onto the field with former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
Tedy Bruschi, Ty Law and Troy Brown represented the Patriots and Leon Powe stood in for the 2008 champion Celtics.