BOSTON -- Red Sox players knew exactly what they were doing when they made a public plea for their fans to come out and support them at today’s home opener after their 0-6 start to the 2011 season.
The fans heeded that advice and gave the Red Sox a hero’s welcome for the home opener against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Boston ended its skid with a 9-6 victory.
“It feels great. It doesn’t get any better,” Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said after the game. “We were just waiting to get home to win -- just kidding. It’s good, man. We’ve been trying hard to win a baseball game. The most important thing was the fans reaction. That got us going and that’s how it is when you get home.”
“Every game here at Fenway Park we try to feed off our crowd and use it to our advantage,” Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon said.
The Sox’s stagnant offense exploded with 12 hits, including a 3-for-5 performance with three RBIs from second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Ortiz, J.D. Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all went 2-for-4. Adrian Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
This offense barrage is exactly what the Sox have been waiting to see.
“I think so,” said Ortiz. “We have really good hitters, guys capable to do some damage out there. Once that starts, it’s hard to stop.”