BOSTON — It was only fitting that during a pregame rain delay last night a rainbow appeared over Fenway Park. As the spectacle graced the city skyline, standing at the bottom of the colorful arc were the Boston Celtics.
The recently crowned NBA champions were honored in a ceremony that included a Duck Boat tour around the warning track, featuring the players, staff and trophy. It was also fitting that a shamrock was cut into the center-field grass and signs around the ballpark read: “Welcome to the sports capital of America.” The Red Sox wore green uniform tops to honor their fellow champions.
Prior to the first pitch — after the one-hour-and-14-minute delay — the Celtics once again took the field, this time emerging from the garage door in the center-field wall and sprinting to the pitcher’s mound. Celtics captain Paul Pierce decided to slide into second base. The grounds crew quickly manicured his mess.
Pierce, the Celtics captain, then threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Red Sox captain Jason Varitek. The pitch sailed over the catcher’s head and hit the screen behind home plate.