Boston Red Sox Tribute:, When a tragedy of the magnitude of the attacks of Boston Marathon hits a country, following the situation transcends the luxuries of life, including sports. Before the game, Saturday afternoon between Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals, attended were given the opportunity to reminisce, reflect and hope to begin the recovery process following the capture of the second bombing suspect.
For the Red Sox returning to the field to take on the Royals just a day after a scheduled game between the two was postponed due to hunting Watertown, it was clear that the Red Sox were playing more than a “W” in the win column.
They were playing for Boston, and in some respects, the Sox received support from across the country.
Before the game, the team honored the fallen, the wounded and the city of Boston with an emotional ceremony did not soon forgotten by fans of the team, Major League Baseball or any person affected by the events of the week.
The message was loud, clear and unambiguously representative sellout Saturday afternoon: we are all “Boston Strong”.
From a video montage, surf the players addressing the crowd and including an emotional rendition of the national anthem fan, the Red Sox made the city felt it was more important than anything that can happen on the baseball diamond.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz-active disabled list to play in his first game of the 2013 season on Saturday, was one of the players who grabbed a microphone and addressed the crowd.
He sent shockwaves through the strongest of the Fenway faithful, shown through this tweet from the official team account:
Your message could be the cover letter for the healing process of Boston.
Although traditional home uniforms and include the name of the pet in the chest, the Red Sox decided to forego traditional letters on the front of their shirts at home, rather go to Boston in red letters on a white background.
Although the pre-game festivities took precedence, the product on the field was not bad.
Trailing 2-1 in the eighth inning with two outs Mike Napoli walk paved the way for a Daniel Nava three-run homer, which turns out to be enough ammunition to overthrow the Royals and cap a memorable day baseball afternoon. It was only the fans who expected end.
In terms of presentation, respect, lamentation, honor and get a victory that will be dedicated to the victims of this terrible tragedy, the Red Sox could not have done better on Saturday afternoon at Fenway, not far from where the bombing took place.
There was a special feeling in the air at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon, one that comes when all attendees are pulling towards the same goal.