We all know the first game of the season doesn’t mean much but it was fun, none the less, watching the Red Sox back in action and flexing their offensive power.
After a 2014 with so little to cheer, the Sox came roaring out of the gate Monday with sterling pitching and the offensive pop we expected—and then some.
As recorded here, the eight Red Sox home runs in that first game of 2015 tied the club’s record for the most HRs in the past 102 Opening Day games (also April 12, 1965 against the Senators). Of the 336 batters that appeared in major league games Monday, however, only two hit two home runs each. Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez became the first Red Sox teammates—and just the 7th in baseball history overall—with multi-HR games on Opening Day.
Powerful? Let this soak in: One game into the season Boston’s 5 home runs are at least as many as they’ve hit in the first ten games of 40 Red Sox seasons since 1914. Three times since at least 1914 the Red Sox have had a home run in 9 of their first 10 games of a season (but never in all 10): 1965, 2002, and 2004.
So what other offensive records lie ahead for the Red Sox in their first 10 games of a season? Let’s have a look.