WATCH: Red Sox Honor Tim Wakefield, '04 Team On Opening Day

Red Sox did a masterful job honoring Tim Wakefield and the 2004 team on Opening Day.
July 24, 2011; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield (49) tips his hat to
July 24, 2011; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield (49) tips his hat to / Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in 2024, the Boston Red Sox finally took the field at Fenway Park on Tuesday. It's the latest Opening Day in the league, but it was well worth the wait. Fans filled the park early to enjoy a picture-perfect 60-degree day at the league's oldest ballpark for a day no one will soon forget.

Red Sox legend Tim Wakefield, who was a vital piece of that 2004 team and organization for seventeen seasons, passed away in October of 2023 due to cancer. Just five months later, his wife, Stacy, also passed away from cancer.

Wakefield was a beloved member of the Red Sox community for his on-field accomplishments and off-field commitment to giving back. This season, the Sox will honor him by wearing a patch of a heart with his familiar number 49 inside on their sleeves. On Opening Day, Major League Baseball posted a special video in honor of Wakefield.

Red Sox Honor Wakefield, 2004 Team On Opening Day

In 2024, the Red Sox will remember Tim Wakefield and honor the 2004 team that broke the curse and won Boston their first World Series championship in 86 years. Opening Day was the beginning of that celebration. Below is the entire pregame ceremony, but fast-forwarding to 15:15 will take you to an epic highlight package of 2004.

Boston loves their Red Sox today just as much as they did over a century ago, maybe even moreso. It's one of the most passionate fanbases in sports. Anytime you can gather the greats of that team together, you'll find thousands lined up to make sure they don't pay for a thing around the ballpark ever again.

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