Today is my favourite baseball game of the regular season.
Every year on the third Monday of April, on the Massachusetts holiday of Patriots' Day, the Red Sox play a game at 11:00 in the morning, which is also the day the Boston Marathon is run. Patriots' Day commemorates the famous ride of Paul Revere through the streets of Boston ("one if by land, two if by sea"), and the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.
The Red Sox have played a home game on this day every year since 1959, and the start of the game (if not postponed for bad weather) is timed so that the game ends just as the Marathon is heading through the city of Boston.
Today is the 112th running of the Boston Marathon. I take a special interest in the Boston race, as I usually know someone running in the wheelchair division. One of my favourite athletes, who I have written about many times, is Jean Driscoll, who has won Boston's women's wheelchair division an amazing eight times, seven of those consecutively. My girl today is Cheri Blauwet.
It's game time. Play ball!