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Update: Pats help Sox open season

The Boston Red Sox opened the baseball season with great fanfare Monday morning, enlisting the help of the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

An elaborate pregame ceremony at Fenway Park included a grand entrance by many members of the Patriots. A large flag covering the Green Monster in leftfield of the park was unveiled just before Boston native and Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler sang the Star-Spangled Banner.

As Tyler finished up, Red Sox television play-by-play man Sean McDonough introduced the Patriots, who emerged from behind the giant American flag and walked in together to the infield while Nelly's Number One played in the background. Safety Lawyer Milloy carried the Lombardi Trophy with him.

The Patriots tossed out the ceremonial first pitch the same way they were introduced for games throughout the season: as a team. Using the cue of a 3-2-1 countdown from the Fenway crowd, each Patriot player tossed a baseball to a Sox player standing across from him.

The visit to Fenway is just the start of a busy week of appearances for the Patriots. Tomorrow the team will visit with President George W. Bush at the White House.

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