screen-shot-2017-03-07-at-10-47-21-pmBy Maria Santora 3/7/2017

Fenway Franks, a fresh coat of green paint on The Monster, and the ground crew tending to the field at a feverish pace; all sure signs that Opening Day in Boston is around the corner — and “frank”ly the team could not be more excited.

The Red Sox are currently in their third week of Spring Training,but are eagerly anticipating their first real game of the 2017 season. For third baseman Pablo Sandoval, Opening Day is a reminder of his childhood dreams.

“I am looking forward to being on the Opening Day roster. It’s one of those things you look forward to as a little kid, playing on the roster and the thing you’re dreaming for, so it’s exciting for me,” says Sandoval.

Red Sox Manager John Farrell views Opening Day a little differently. He sees it as a fresh start.

“Opening Day to me is much like the first day of spring training,” says Farrell. “Things are new, things are beginning. We know that Opening Day is the start of a six to seven month journey that is going to have a number of twists and turns and some unexpected things. How we respond to those, that’s what matters most to us.”

The start of that journey is now just over three weeks away. The Sox will host the Pirates on Opening Day, a rare Boston visit for the Pittsburgh Even their manager is excited about starting the season on the hallowed grounds of Fenway.