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(NECN/CSNNE: Trenni Kusnierek) – There’s more than just baseball on the minds of the Boston Red Sox as the World Series gets underway at Fenway Park.
Trenni Kusnierek with our sister station Comcast SportsNet has more from Fenway.
None of us can forget what happened back in April on Marathon Monday. The Red Sox organization, from players, to managers and coaches, have done a tremendous job of honoring the victims, their families and first responders throughout this season. They’ll continue to do that this postseason, but they’ll try to definitely do it with their play on the field, too. Players say, of course, you always want to win a World Series, but this year, this Boston Red Sox team wants to not just bring a World Series title back to Boston for themselves, but for the city and the nation as a whole.
“Every city has got their own tragedies that happen but this seemed like it was almost an attack on the country. You know it wasn’t just Boston. It affected a lot of different cities and states, so the whole country rallied on Boston. So I think these people, they need this. And I think it would be pretty sweet if we did,” catcher Jarrod Salatalmacchia said.
“We’ve spoke a number of times about that event being somewhat of a galvanizing force for this group. What’s been most impressive is some of the individual outreach by our players, without any public acknowledgement…the genuineness in which the players have done that. Whether it’s hospital visits, whether it’s leaving tickets for individual families or first responders. And I think all we tried to do was pitch in to the rest of this city to help those affected and more than anything not let that day go forgotten,” Manager John Farrell said.
And the marathon bombings have not been forgotten at Fenway.
They have the 617 Boston Strong uniform in the concourses. They have the Boston Strong logo in the middle of center field. And a team official says the Red Sox will honor the victims, the families, everyone involved with the Boston Marathon bombing. Wednesday night will be dedicated to veterans and military personnel. But Thursday night is expected to have a tribute to all of the events that took place in April. The details are not yet known but it is expected before Game Two.