The electricity and excitement was back at Fenway Park for Monday's home opener, and the Red Sox players -- after a dismal 2012 that sucked the life out of everyone, team and fans alike -- were happy to see it.
Will Middlebrooks: "The fans are great. They always are. It was loud, and I'm pretty sure they're not hearing that in Baltimore. I'm sure it got to [the Orioles] a little bit."
Dustin Pedroia: "The fans were awesome."
Andrew Bailey: "Opening Day at Fenway; there's nothing better."
Shane Victorino: "It was great. It was the stuff that I remember, being an opposing player, coming in here and playing in Fenway. This is what I signed up for when I said I wanted to play in Boston."