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Lip Man 1
03-31-2014, 11:47 AM
I've seen a lot of opening day's (or Opening Day's!!! depending on your point of view) in my time either in person or on TV. They are always a special time of the season.

In honor of Opening Day!!! I've done a story for the Chicago Baseball Museum on the 15 most important / unique Sox Opening Days in history. These are Opening Day's that were strange, bizarre, unique or important because of their impact on the franchise.

Here is the link to that story:

http://www.chicagobaseballmuseum.org/files/CBM-Sox-Top-Openers-20140330.pdf

I hope you'll enjoy reading it.

Also please excuse the "repeat paragraph" under 1959. There was apparently a production error. It will be corrected.

Lip

LITTLE NELL
03-31-2014, 11:58 AM
Went to quite a few openers and the 1981 home opener was the best for me, when Fisk hit the Grand Slam the old place went nuts.

Noneck
03-31-2014, 12:50 PM
I remember 76 well, I was psyched and thought Woody was back. That was a weird schedule, I remember the Sox opening at home for 1 game then going on the road for like 2 weeks.

Lip Man 1
03-31-2014, 01:10 PM
Noneck:

The Sox were supposed to open with a series against Kansas City but the other games were postponed, they only got one in. That game was played on April 9th. The Sox didn't play again until April 13th at Minnesota.

That was the first game in a seven game road trip before they came back home.

Lip

Over By There
03-31-2014, 01:17 PM
I haven't been to as many Opening Day games as many around here, but I was lucky enough to sit close behind home plate for the opener in 2005. Will never forget it for obvious reasons. Snappy little game (under 2 hours if memory serves - I was able to catch a rush hour train home!) pitched by Buehrle, a 1-0 win over the Tribe closed out by Shingo, which really set the tone for that great year.

doublem23
03-31-2014, 01:32 PM
Always my favorite...

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Moses_Scurry
03-31-2014, 01:55 PM
I went to opening day 2 years in a row in the early 2000's. I want to say they were both against the Tigers. One year, the Sox won, but I don't remember much of what happened. The other year the weather was awful, they were winning, and the closer gave up the lead with a 9th inning HR by I think Tony Clark. I want to say that was 2002, but I'd have to look it up.

Noneck
03-31-2014, 02:17 PM
Thanks Lip, I didnt remember what happened.

Lip Man 1
03-31-2014, 02:46 PM
Moses:

The 2001 home opener saw the Sox lose to Detroit 10-9 in 10 innings. Detroit had an 8-run 6th inning...the Sox rallied to tie then Foulke lost it. Clark hit his home run in the 6th inning.

In 2003 the Sox home opener was also against Detroit. They won 5-2 behind Esteban Loaiza. Billy Koch got the save. Joe Crede had a two run home run in the one.

Lip

white sox bill
03-31-2014, 05:23 PM
Went to several ones in early 90's, the one I recall as the best was when Bo homered in maybe 1993??

BainesHOF
03-31-2014, 05:58 PM
The '81 opener stands heads and shoulders above the rest for me. An oversold Comiskey Park went bonkers when Fisk hit a grand slam in his South Side debut.

The '05 one is my runner-up -- a 1-0 victory behind Buehrle's pitching that propelled us to a magical season.

Mizzourah
03-31-2014, 07:04 PM
2005 was great, but so was last year both 1-0. Also loved 2011, with 11 Ks by Edwin Jackson.

Would have been great to have been there. I had not missed one that wasn't postponed since 2000.

It should be a holiday.

Lip Man 1
03-31-2014, 07:42 PM
Bill:

Bo's home run did indeed come in 1993 against the Yankees off Neal Heaton.

DSpivack
03-31-2014, 11:26 PM
2000 is maybe my favorite home opener, though I haven't been to many. Coming off of a few mediocre seasons, I remember a packed, energetic and loud crowd on an unusually warm April night. I remember Ray Durham setting the scene with a spectacular catch diving into RF, leading to a Sox winner over the Angels.