Opening Day at Fenway Park featured the unveiling of the new seats atop the storied Green Monster in left field. It had Lou Rawls singing the national anthem and Ray Charles doing "America the Beautiful." It had old-timers such as Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice and Dwight Evans, joined by children of U.S. servicemen on the field for the ceremonial first pitches.
The only thing it didn't have was baseball.
The Red Sox' home opener against the Baltimore Orioles never even got started, with a cold rain beginning during the ceremony and growing stronger by the minute.
The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader Saturday, with the first game beginning at 1:05 p.m. and the regularly scheduled night game beginning at 7:05 p.m.
Both teams have pushed back today's scheduled starting pitchers, so Orioles right-hander Jason Johnson will face Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez in the first game, and Rodrigo Lopez will go against Tim Wakefield in the second.
Players from both teams were bundled in sweatshirts, warmup jackets and even parkas as they were introduced one by one and lined up on their respective baselines with temperatures in the low 40s and a light rain beginning to fall.
Pockets of fans booed members of the Red Sox' bullpen -- especially Ramiro Mendoza, Mike Timlin, Alan Embree and Chad Fox -- as each was announced, reflecting the impatience of Red Sox Nation for the team's system of closer-by-committee, which so far has been a bust.
The newly installed seats above the Green Monster -- which will be sold beginning Sunday at $50 a pop and are part of an effort by the Red Sox to raise an additional $10 million in ticket revenue -- were one of the hot topics of conversation today.
"They look good," Orioles Manager Mike Hargrove said. "If I was a fan coming to a game here, I'd want to sit up there -- if it was 75 [degrees] and sunny, not 32 and rainy."