BOSTON -- Long before he became the general manager of the Red Sox, Ben Cherington was a die-hard fan of the team, growing up in New Hampshire. So he knew that Friday's home opener -- his first in his new position -- should be treated almost like a baseball holiday.
"Opening Day at Fenway is a big day, it always is," Cherington said. "Nice day, great pitching matchup, so you've got to let yourself enjoy this."
Of course, Cherington might have been in more of a festive mood if the Red Sox hadn't started the season-opening road trip with a 1-5 mark. On the bright side, it's a game better than last year's start.
"I think because of what happened last year, the start and the finish of last year, there's going to be tension in Boston when you get off to a bad start no matter what, maybe even more so this year because of what happened last year," Cherington said. "We collectively, in the clubhouse and the front office and as an organization, have just got to focus on the task at hand, focus on our jobs. The guys in the clubhouse are focused and they're excited to be back home, and just keep playing."