A Patriots’ Day Tradition Returns: The Red Sox Play at Home

In a tradition that has been on pause since the pandemic began, the Red Sox once again hosted a home game at 11 a.m. to coincide with the running of the Boston Marathon.

Runners pass Fenway Park around the 25-mile mark, and baseball fans can head over to cheer on the final runners after the last out is recorded.

In the 1950s, the Red Sox started playing home games on Patriots’ Day, which commemorates the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord. On Monday, they are hosting the Minnesota Twins in the final game of a four-game series.

In games over the weekend, the Red Sox suited up in blue and yellow uniforms — first unveiled in 2021 — that were designed to honor the spirit of Patriots’ Day. The jerseys feature “Boston” across the chest, in a design that pays tribute to the Boylston Street finish line of the marathon. Fenway Park’s area code, 617, appears in a patch resembling a race bib on the left sleeve.

The Red Sox returned to wearing white jerseys with a “B Strong” patch on Monday, which were designed as a tribute following the bombings near the Boston Marathon finish line in 2013. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured, and Bostonians knit themselves together in grief.

The jerseys have been worn at the Patriots’ Day game every year since 2013 and also feature “Boston” instead of “Red Sox” across the chest. For many fans, the jerseys evoke the powerful statements from David Ortiz, who has since been elected to the Hall of Fame, when the team first returned to Fenway Park only days after the bombing.

“This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say Red Sox. It says Boston,” Ortiz said then. This is our city, he continued, “and nobody’s going to dictate our freedom.”