The Boston Red Sox game ended just moments before the two blasts disrupted the Boston Marathon on Monday, so the team didn’t have a chance to pay tribute to its hometown victims until Tuesday night. That’s when the team honored those who were affected by the explosions with a Red Sox jersey in the dugout that read “Boston Strong” with Boston’s area code, 617, as the number.
Players were extremely eager to do something as the rest of the sports world held moments of silence and games of other Boston teams were cancelled. The Red Sox scored seven runs in the second inning to top Terry Francona and the Cleveland Indians 7-2 after the players were antsy to get on the field with some sort of tribute for over 24 hours.
The Red Sox also got a surprise tribute from their bitter rivals as the New York Yankees played the Fenway Park traditional song “Sweet Caroline” after the third inning of their game on Tuesday. What does all this tell us? There are bigger things in life, but sports is a great way to show just how incredible this country is.
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