As details continue to emerge about the horrific bombing during the Boston Marathon, many people are taking a moment to stop and think about what is important in life. The players of Major League Baseball are no exception. The tragedy that has rattled the world has also taken its toll on players across the country, from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The impact was especially felt in the Chicago Cubs organization where two former Bostonians learned of the horror in the place they once called “home.”
Cubs’ general manager Theo Epstein who is widely known for his help with the 2004 Red Sox team, was notified during a meeting on April 15 of the events in Boston. Cubs’ beat writer Carrie Muskat reported that Epstein’s brother, Paul, was running in the marathon, and thankfully finished before the bombs exploded, escaping harm’s way.
Assistant general manager Jed Hoyer, who worked with Epstein in Boston back in 2004, was shocked at the violent events that unfolded on TV. “The injuries and the loss of life is awful,” Hoyer told Muskat. “If you live in Boston for any amount of time … [Patriot's Day] is kind of the best day in the city. The Red Sox game is in the morning, everyone has off work, everyone runs out of the Red Sox game and goes right to the race and watches the end of the race, and there’s usually tons of parties and gatherings at night. It’s a day that’s unique to Boston, and unique to Massachusetts and everyone has a great time and lives it up.”
While everyone moves on from this terrible incident, we all need to take a moment to appreciate life. To people like Epstein and Hoyer, baseball is just a small part of life when a tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombing hits a little too close to home. It’s time to start appreciating the little things in life that are often the most important.