Great news to report from the Red Sox clubhouse: Peter Gammons is on hand, looking fit, in his return to Fenway Park. Gammons suffered a brain aneurysm in late June and has been recovering over the past two months.
It was clear that the Hall of Fame ESPN analyst was already back in his element, sharing his knowledge on this year’s Cape League players, whom he has been following from his home on Cape Cod.
Gammons visited both clubhouses before the game. The 61-year-old former newspaperman was speaking with New York manager Joe Torre in the visitors' clubhouse when hitting coach Don Mattingly came up to say hello.
Gammons and his wife, Gloria, watched the game from owner John Henry's box. A note welcoming him to the game was posted on the scoreboard during the sixth inning, drawing an ovation, while a recording of Gammons singing the Chuck Berry song "Carol" was played over the loudspeaker.
Gammons was stricken June 27 at his Cape Cod home and was airlifted to a Boston hospital. He was released from the hospital July 17.
A Boston native who grew up in nearby Groton, Gammons worked for The Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated before joining ESPN full time in 1990. At the Globe in the 1970s, Gammons popularized the baseball notes columns that have become staples in Sunday newspapers. He is in the writers' wing of the baseball Hall of Fame.
In July, he released a CD of original and cover songs, "Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old," with the proceeds dedicated to a foundation established by Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.