BALTIMORE – The Orioles were chosen to play in Monday’s Patriots Day game in Boston. Each year, the Red Sox host an 11:05 a.m. game designed to end so that exiting fans can watch the finish of the Boston Marathon, which starts at noon.
This year, it’s a special game because of last year’s bombings during the Marathon. The actual anniversary was on Tuesday, but all week in Boston, special events have been held paying respects to those lost.
For the Orioles, it represents a quick turnaround since they’ll play an ESPN Sunday night game that begins at 7:05 p.m.
“I think this year, especially with what that day means to our country, to Boston, and to everybody in particular, I think it’s an honor to be there for that,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I really do. Regardless of the competitive part of it. We are both doing the same thing.
"For what that day represents to Boston, and all our country, I consider it, we all consider it, an honor to be lucky enough to have the schedule fall that way. I think we are all looking forward to paying the respect due there."
The Orioles last played the Patriots Day game in 2009, and they’re 4-1 on the holiday.