Boston Red Sox Photos: Monday, April 18, 2016 vs. Toronto Blue Jays.

As is tradition in Boston every year on Patriot’s Day, the Red Sox hosted an 11:05 AM game at Fenway Park against the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday. The early start time – the only morning game in Major League Baseball – coincides with the Boston Marathon. Runners pass just a few blocks away from Park as they approach the end of their 26.2 mile journey. Although the Red Sox weren’t able to pull out a victory over Toronto, the mood was festive and cheerful inside Fenway. Before the game, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who is playing Bauman in the upcoming movie, ‘Stronger,’ threw out a ceremonial first pitch together.

It’s hard not to think about where we all were three years ago on this day, in the immediate aftermath of the bombing. Living through that week was surreal for everyone involved. I found myself thinking about it a lot yesterday. 

Photos: Red Sox Prepare Flag For 9/11 Memorial.

"Members of the Boston Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Members of the Boston Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Members of the Boston Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Members of the Boston Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"The loudspeaker of John Coyne, US Flag Coordinator of the Boston Red Sox, is shown as members of the Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“The loudspeaker of John Coyne, US Flag Coordinator of the Boston Red Sox, is shown as members of the Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"John Coyne, US Flag Coordinator of the Boston Red Sox, gives instructions as members of the Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“John Coyne, US Flag Coordinator of the Boston Red Sox, gives instructions as members of the Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A member of the Boston Red Sox Front Office helps roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A member of the Boston Red Sox Front Office helps roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Members of the Boston Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Members of the Boston Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Members of the Boston Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Members of the Boston Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Members of the Boston Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Members of the Boston Red Sox Front Office help roll an American Flag in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop over the Green Monster Friday, September 13, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

I decided to head out this morning and shoot some photos as members of the Boston Red Sox front office helped roll up the American flag at Fenway Park in preparation for a 9/11 memorial flag drop before tonight’s game.

This is a follow up to the Flag Roll video I made in the wake of the attacks on the Boston Marathon earlier this year, in which I spoke with some first responders who were out at the scene on Marathon Monday. You can watch that video by clicking here

I’ve covered this process twice now, and both times have been enjoyable to shoot. It’s really a nice coming together of people, and it’s a story that looks good both in video and photos. 

The Sox are back in town today to begin their quest to clinch a playoff spot. First up is a three game series against the Yankees. I’m excited to shoot meaningful September baseball. The Sox’ magic number stands at 8!