Mike Lowell wasn't sure what to expect from the special ceremony planned for the pregame of Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees. Everyone in the clubhouse was being very hush-hush about the whole event in order to keep it a surprise for the devoted corner infielder Red Sox Nation has grown to love.
When he saw the time slot for the event, he figured it would be a simple handshake, a few photo ops, maybe a plaque and the game would start. Boy, was he in for a big surprise.
Fenway Park was decked out for the event, with the most noticeable feature being on the Green Monster itself. Emblazoned on the right side of the monster was a giant message "Thank You Mike" with the Red Sox logo beneath, his name was also spelled out on the legendary manual scoreboard.
He was greeted by his parents, his wife and children, and his teammates. The Red Sox organization even brought in a few teammates that he had played with in the past, including former Red Sox second baseman Alex Cora. The Red Sox also donated $100,000 to his foundation which benefits underprivileged children in Miami and Boston.
"I think everyone did a good job of keeping me in the dark," Lowell said in a news conference following the first game. "I didn't really know what to expect. I think it's easy to say it went well above and beyond what I expected."
It was a tough task to put on a ceremony honoring one of the most beloved members of the Red Sox clubhouse over the past five years, but the organization's efforts truly touched Lowell. He was especially impressed that they involved his young children, who delivered the lineup cards to the umpires for game one.
Be sure to check out Lowell's entire interview below with the media, as he details several of his favorite memories as a member of the Boston Red Sox.