Red Sox unveil 250-ft. Black Lives Matter billboard

This wasn’t a typical opening day to a not-so-regular season. 

MLB opened Thursday, with the nation’s foremost infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci throwing out the first pitch. In a season condensed to only 60 games because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest statement might have been made by the last MLB team to integrate.

The Boston Red Sox unveiled a 250-foot Black Lives Matter billboard adjacent to Fenway Park on Wednesday.

The billboard faces the Massachusetts Turnpike. 

Its reveal comes a day after the 61st anniversary of Elijah “Pumpsie” Green debuting as the Red Sox’s first Black player in 1959.

Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was among several Black major league players to participate in a video supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

Team President and CEO Sam Kennedy wrote 

“Please know we stand with you, silence in the face of injustice is unacceptable.”

The Boston Red Sox lost their opening series against the Baltimore Orioles, winning the first game 13-2 and dropping the final two. 

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