A local patriarch of his own Red Sox Nation honored Fenway Park's storied past on Saturday, tossing out the first pitch of the Red Sox-Rays game on his 100th birthday.
Bill Hogan Jr. gives new meaning to being a "lifelong" fan — he was born just six days before Fenway Park held its first official game on April 20, 1912.
He's been rooting for the Sox ever since, and on Saturday his fortitude and longevity was rewarded with a trip onto the hallowed field with 13 of his grandchildren and 18 of his great grandchildren. They wore jerseys numbered according to their birth order; he wore No. 100.
Like any player called upon in the big leagues, Hogan has been training. He worked with the medical staff at Brookhaven Retirement Home in Lexington, Mass., over the last month to get his pitching arm in order.
Watch the video above to see Hogan's opening toss and the scene at Fenway Park on Saturday.