Monday is one of the premier sports days in the city of Boston, with the Patriots Day tradition of the Boston Marathon being run along with the annual 11 AM Red Sox game at Fenway. This year’s holiday carried a little extra significance as well, with it being the fifth anniversary of the Marathon bombings. The team already honored the victims of that event earlier in this series, but one would have to imagine they had something scheduled for Monday’s game. Whatever that was will have to be pushed to a later date, because that’s exactly what’s happening to the game. The team announced on Sunday afternoon that Monday’s game will be postponed.
The #RedSox-Orioles game scheduled for tomorrow, April 16, at Fenway Park has been postponed.— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 15, 2018
The game has been rescheduled for May 17 at 7:10 p.m. Tickets for the April 16 game will be good for admission to the rescheduled contest on May 17.#FenwayWeather
If you’re trying to remember the last time a Patriots Day game was not played, you’re going to have to go back a while. This is the first time the annual morning game has been postponed since 1984. (They also did not play in 1995 because of the strike.)
It’s obviously a major bummer that we won’t have that special and rare morning baseball to watch, but it’s not all that surprising of a result. The forecast looks ugly all day in Boston, and with the schedule moving forward the team wasn’t going to want to wait around too long on Monday to get the game in. The Red Sox are traveling out to the west coast to take on the Angels on Tuesday, and want to get in the air as early as possible. As noted above, the game will be moved to May 17, making that mid-May series against Baltimore a four-game set instead of a standard three-game weekend series.