By the time the Red Sox' rainy 13-inning matchup with the Angels wrapped up at 2:45 a.m. on Thursday morning, there were plenty of empty seats left open at Fenway Park.
When the final out was recorded, the Red Sox-Angels game had lasted five hours, and that's not including the two-hour rain delay that occurred midway through the matchup. The fans that braved the rain and the chilly weather were rewarded, however. Not only with the free coffee and hot chocolate from the Red Sox' ownership group, or the free range of seats once Fenway started clearing out, but through the special bond that only comes with spending long nights at the ballpark.
Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino stopped in before Thursday's afternoon matchup between Boston and Anaheim and said he was impressed by the endurance of the fans that stuck it out until nearly 3 a.m.
"It was a bonding night for those who had the strength and endurance to stay through it all, and there were plenty of them," Lucchino said. "We saw them very late at night when John [Henry], Tom [Werner] decided that we should go out and provide some coffee and hot chocolate to the fans. It was a real connection, like we were going through this battle together."
Check out Lucchino's entire interview above from Red Sox Gameday Live Presented by UNO, where he also discussed Fenway Park's tribute to the U.S. military on Monday after learning of Osama bin Laden's death.