Honorees wave from home plate during the pre-game ceremony for Catholic Night at Fenway, July 19. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy
BACK BAY -- The thousands of baseball fans seated in the stands at Fenway Park erupted into applause and cheers as students from St. Paul's Choir School in Cambridge finished the last note of the National Anthem as players for the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants began to put their caps back on their heads, July 19.
The end of the anthem marked the beginning of the game, but it drew to a close the pre-game events to mark Fenway Park's third annual Catholic Night, which began with a video message from Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley that played on the Fenway Park screen.
"Good evening. As archbishop of Boston, I'm very happy to welcome everyone to Catholic Night at Fenway Park. We're grateful to the Red Sox organization for providing the opportunity to come together as people of faith in this historic ball park, and for welcoming us this evening," the cardinal's message began.
"The catholic community is proud to have an active role in promoting good will and providing assistance in greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts," he continued, before eight Catholic leaders were brought out onto the field to be honored for their service to others and to the Church.
Standing next to Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster, the honorees waved up to the crowd as their names and accomplishments were read over the loudspeakers.