Red Sox

McAdam: For a brief period at least, fun returns to Fenway

It was, when all was said and done, what Red Sox baseball has seldom been in 2019: affordable, quick, and ultimately, successful.

It took, depending on your perspective, either 15 days or 12 minutes for the Red Sox to edge the Kansas City Royals, 5-4 in 10 innings in a game that had been suspended because of rain back on Aug. 7, and completed Thursday.

After reliever Josh Taylor -- who was on the mound when the game was halted better than two weeks earlier -- retired the Royals in order on 13 pitches in the top of the inning, the Red Sox went to work as though they had a plane to catch. Which, of course, they did — a charter waiting to take them to San Diego and the start of an eight-game West Coast road trip.

The ballpark had a festive feel to it, in part because the Red Sox had wisely slashed adult tickets to $5 -- with proceeds to benefit the Jimmy Fund -- and allowed kids in for free. It was the kind of atmosphere found in places like Oakland, Pittsburgh and Miami, where they often have Kids Camp Day to fill seats on hot midweek afternoons, and the sweet sounds of 10-year-olds fill the ballpark.

With the bleachers almost entirely empty and hot dogs selling for $1, one fan noted: "It felt like 1966 again.''

In a chaotic clubhouse