Red Sox Home Opener — RISD Connection

Red Sox pavers (4.8) Visitors to the recent RISD Faculty Biennial were greeted with an eclectic hodgepodge of work very unlike the typically curated exhibition. Exquisite Japanese joinery rubbed elbows with Skull-Bot. And there in the middle of one room was this weirdass pile of powdery, rubber hand molds. It looked pretty cool actually. And what better way for sculptor Douglas Borkman (MFA RISD) to represent the actual personalized pavers — now permanently installed at Gates B and C — commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. And it’s not just hands (calm down). Boston.com reported in February;

Dave Roberts had his legendary feet cast last week, when sculptor Douglas Borkman of the Rhode Island School of Design visited Padres camp to collect footprints of the vehicles Roberts used to swipe the most celebrated stolen base in Boston history. They were set in a 19-inch square paver, according to the Padres website, which says that Roberts is just one of a number of former Sox who’ll have body parts captured.

Tim Wakefield’s paver will be a print of his hand in a knuckleball grip, joining Jerry Remy, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, Jason Varitek, Carl Yastrzemski, and even Wally the Green Monster among those honored.

The 4-2 Red Sox will send pitcher Clay Buchholz to the mound in Monday’s season home opener with the Baltimore Orioles. The game starts at 2:05pm with some opening festivities at 1:30pm; coverage starts at noon on NESN. There will be a flyover featuring two vintage P-51 Mustangs at the conclusion of the anthem.

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