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Opening Day

I was happy to greet several local luminaries at this year’s Red Sox home opener, held at 2:05 pm on Monday, April 3rd at Fenway Park.

While not able to greet Marty Walsh personally, we exchanged long-distance nods through the netting that was extended to the dugouts before the 2016 season. He and his coterie were on the field to help with the opening ceremonies, which included appearances by New England Patriots and a flyover by two military aircraft at the end of the National Anthem.

I was glad to see Mike Barnicle, former columnist for the Boston Globe, and current contributor to the political discussion on MSNBC. Since he was seated next to a former politician, in the seats reserved for Red Sox ownership, I wasn’t able fully to inform him of my latest political prognostications.

At the bottom of the ramp, with my Budweiser bin on my head (empty of beer, but sloshing with ice water), I greeted future-Commissioner Willie Gross of the Boston Police Department. Always happy to address him by his future title, I have now met the (former?) Milton resident at several parades and formal events.

As he exited the box seats, bound for an extremely elite location, no doubt, I greeted former Naval officer, Lieutenant Governor, Senator, Democratic presidential nominee, and U.S. Secretary of State John Forbes Kerry¬†of Beacon Hill. I gave him a copy of my political palmcard, and invited him to attend all upcoming meetings of the Ward 11 Democrats. He said, thoughtfully: “Good for you.”

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: welcome to Fenway Park.