It was a perfect day at Fenway Park…perhaps THE most perfect day the old ball yard has ever seen. A sunny, albeit a bit chilly, day, the home opener of the World Champions, the raising of the banner, awarding of the rings, Red Sox and Boston sports legends past and present in attendance, and an 8-1 victory over the New York Yankees to boot. I don’t think anyone could’ve asked for anything more.

Kevin Paul Dupont has a good account and recap of the afternoon’s festivities. Jackie MacMullan says that years from now, everyone will say they were there yesterday, among other things, she is reminded of a Schaefer Stadium stadium concert from 1976 which featured three bands that would go on to be legends. I’m in 100% agreement with Sean McAdam that the only misstep in an otherwise perfect afternoon was the singing of Terry Cashman and his many references to curses and the Babe. Lenny Megliola says that both teams showed class to each other yesterday and has some other observations from the day. Mike Barnicle (subscription only) says that April didn’t live up to it’s reputation as the cruelest month yesterday, as Boston had it’s own Hall of Heroes on display.

Dan Shaughnessy also has an account of the day.Scott MacKay chronicles the ceremonies in the ProJo. Jeff Goldberg looks at the day for the Courant, focusing on the role of Johnny Pesky in the day’s events. Kevin Gray says life was never better an Fenway than it was yesterday. Even Jim Donaldson is cheery today, and says it couldn’t have been any better. Kevin Thomas says this was not just another opening day at Fenway, this was history. Ron Chimelis says the memories from yesterday will carry on for a long time.

Joanna Weiss and Mac Daniel get fan reaction from throughout the city of Boston. Thomas Caywood gets more fan reaction as does Sean L. McCarthy. There were plenty of celebrities and “names” in attendance. Carol Beggy and Mark Shanahan run them down for us.

Several ex-Red Sox made the trip to be here for the special event. Tony Massarotti looks at the welcome given to Derek Lowe. Paul Harber says it was a trip down memory lane for Lowe. Rich Thompson looks at Dave Roberts and Ellis Burks, both of whom were also in attendance. Sean McAdam also looks at the players who went to great lengths to ensure they were here. Garry Brown looks at the old Sox in attendance. Goldberg says that Lowe’s ring was heavy, but so was his heart at times yesterday. Steve Solloway has one more piece on Lowe. John Altavilla talked to Pedro Martinez and Doug Mientkiewicz about the Red Sox opening day.

Joe McDonald looks at the Yankees being respectful and showing class during the ceremonies by watching intently. Mark Blaudschun says it was a new perspective for the Yankees. Jeff Horrigan’s notebook also looks at the Yankees new role an onlookers.

Mark Blaudschun and Kevin McNamara look at the offseason changes to Fenway Park in time for yesterday.

Steve Buckley (subscription only) says that while this was a time of great joy for Johnny Pesky, the health problems of his wife keep everything in perspective. Richard Johnson says this wasn’t the first time the Red Sox have hosted the Yankees after winning the World Series. Scott Van Voorhis looks at the parking nightmare yesterday as everyone wanted to be at least near the park. Jill Radsken says that the Red Sox rings fall short of the Patriots rings in the “bling” factor. Megan Tench looks at the youngsters from the Merriam School being disappointed in the teams failing to shake hands prior to the game.

David Heuschkel says beating the Yankees made the day a perfect fit. In a stunning role reversal, Dom Amore looks at the Yankees once again playing the foil to the Red Sox. Alex Speier says yesterday was a good start to the season for the Red Sox, who can now put 2004 behind them. Jeff Horrigan agrees that it is now time for the Red Sox to move on, and they showed their willingness to do so by winning the game. Chris Snow has the game story for the Globe. Kevin Thomas writes that the win just capped a big day. Garry Brown looks at the Sox easy victory. David Borges also has a game story from a memorable day.

Gordon Edes says that Terry Francona managed his first day back on the job without any problems. Michael Silverman also looks at Francona handling the stress test just fine. Chimelis says Francona needs to lighten the stress load upon himself. Nate Thompson says that Francona is miserable about his team’s record thus far. Heuschkel says that Francona plans to change his diet and exercise more.

Howard Bryant (subscription only) writes that there are now too many distractions for us to be able to analyze the Red Sox and Yankees as teams and not just the big rivalry. Jon Couture looks at a vintage performance by Tim Wakefield and the World Champions. Art Davidson says it’s fitting that Wakefield got the opening day start at Fenway. Fluto Shinzawa also looks at Wakefield. Michael Gee (subscription only) writes that the gem from Wakefield was the best way to turn the page. Lenny Megliola gets Johnny Damon’s thoughts on the big day. Paul Harber has Doug Mirabelli starting off 2005 with a bang. Thompson has more on Mirabelli’s bat and glove coming up big. Snow’s notebook says that fans can get a look at a ring at Fenway tonight. Borges’ notebook says that the Yankees showed class by watching the ceremonies. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Wakefield’s strong outing.

Bill Griffith recaps some of the showstopping moments from yesterday. <a href="; target="_blank"John Molori’s Media Blitz has a look at at Greg Dickerson, but then he also takes a look at the highlights from yesterday.

Seth Stevenson has a report on the day for Slate Magazine. He also passes along a couple observations on the press corps.

Press box, just before the ring ceremony: The windows here are closed. The beat writers are perhaps the most depressing collection of humans I've ever seen. And I don't even have a seat because it's too crowded. Screw this, I'm going back outside.

A little bit later he has more of an eye opener from inside the Press Box:

Friendly wagers aside, the press box is a joyless place to watch a game. The writer standing next to me