During the course of a 162-game season, there are a few games where a team winning or a team losing is not the main story. On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox played one of those games. Not only was it Jackie Robinson Day across MLB, but April 15th, 2014 also marked the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon tragedy, and where the Red Sox toed the montra of “Boston Strong.”
While the Red Sox are very much in need of wins during their current stretch of games, the opener against the other socks was more about honoring and remembering. In another example of baseball emulating life, it is somewhat fitting for these two teams to be meeting on this day.
Last year, Boston’s first game following the tragedy was also on the road against the Cleveland Indians. Across the field from shell-shocked Boston players was their former manager and friend Terry Francona, and a few other former teammates all joined together by a common bond to begin the healing process.
Tonight, after a moment of silence, a great tribute by Chicago, and a great sign of unity with t-shirts worn by both teams, it was again former teammates coming together with a common bond. Jake Peavy started the game for Boston, and in the process made his return to Chicago for the first time since being traded last season. Another former Chicago-favorite A.J. Pierzynski was also on hand, but wearing the red colored socks this time as well.
Standing across the field from Peavy were his former teammates, and good friends in Chris Sale who will pitch Thursday in this series, and Adam Dunn. On this day, it was fitting to see Dunn get the better of his buddy during his first at-bat, launching a home run. While at the time, it was no laughing matter for either side, likely after the game or even after the season on some secluded ranch, that play will be revisited by both with almost certainty.
For one night, the game was not played for the scoreboard, but for the hearts. Both teams did play a well-played ball game on the field, but both also did an excellent job of honoring and remembering. United, two color socks honored the great Jackie Robinson, and also remembered those of the tragedy one year ago. Together, Boston and Chicago were both “Boston Strong.”
Nick Schaeflein is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.