BOSTON -- The Consul General of Japan in Boston, Takeshi Hikihara, presented the Red Sox with a cherry blossom tree before Monday's series opener against the Mariners. The gift was in honor of Fenway Park's 100th anniversary.
The cherry tree will be planted inside Gate B at Fenway Park and move to Yawkey Way when it is fully grown.
"Japan and the United States share many common cultural values, including a great love of baseball, and Fenway Park is indeed a treasure to both Japanese and Americans living here," Hikihara said.
Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino, manager Bobby Valentine and starter Daisuke Matsuzaka accepted the tree in a ceremony before the game.