This marks the third consecutive season the Blue Jays will play a pair of exhibition games in Montreal, which was the home of the Expos from 1969-2004 before the team moved to Washington, D.C. The city of Montreal, which has expressed interest in getting another team, has shown up in a big way for the past two series. The 2014 series between the Jays and Mets drew 96,350 fans, while the 2015 games between the Jays and Reds drew 96,545.
Red Sox manager John Farrell, for one, is excited.
"Yeah, any time there's a setting of 50,000-plus, you get the environment, the atmosphere,'' he said.
"Every year you begin a season, that's the first time you've had that since last October. So this will be another first to get the season underway. We're looking forward to Montreal, even though it's a little unique travel situation, but still these games are very special.
"I think once we get into Montreal, there's 106,000 tickets sold. That's going to be a great atmosphere. Our guys will certainly feel it. That means we're getting close [to the regular season]. I think for us it's a great exhibition to get in that kind of environment and to begin to get accustomed to it."
Friday's game will pit Red Sox right-hander Steven Wright against Toronto lefty J.A. Happ, while righty Sean O'Sullivan will start for Boston on Saturday. The Blue Jays have yet to announce their Saturday starter.