The last time the Red Sox won the World Series, it was a victory for a city that was healing just a few months after the Boston Marathon bombings. As the team gets closer to clinching the title again five years later, one survivor still remembers the impact it had and how far he has come since the last time the team won.
Marc Fucarile watched the 2013 World Series soon after losing his right leg in the attack. He said rooting for the Red Sox not only helped him get through the pain, but was the only thing that brought the lifelong fan back to Boylston Street.
"After the parade was the first I went back down to the location where I got blown up," Fucarile said. "When they put the trophy on the finish line and they draped a shirt over it, it was awesome. That was first class."
Since then, the 40-year-old has come a long way, from hand cycling the marathon to throwing out the first pitch at Fenway one year after the bombing.
"It was so great to be out there," Fucarile said. "Just to show how far I came from laying on the street without a leg to being on the pitching mound at Fenway Park."
Fucarile has been invited on the field with other survivors several times and said even as the players change, the franchise has always stood for Boston Strong. His passion for sports is part of the reason why he wants to televise more mobility impaired sports, just part of what he's doing with his Mobility Awareness Resource Community.
"I want people to see it and be inspired just like the Red Sox inspire able-bodied kids to go out and play baseball," Fucarile said.
As he gets ready to watch the last few games of the series, he said he will be rooting for the team that has always been rooting for him and always been there for Boston.
"Watching it now compared to five years ago and seeing my progress, it's all tied together," Fucarile said. "I knew I wasn't going to stop, but I didn't think I would be doing all that I'm doing now."