After nearly a week of tragedy compounded by uncertainty and, ostensibly, a county-wide lockdown, the Boston Red Sox returned home to different city. An exhausted, stronger, relieved city in mourning. Now they begin picking up the pieces, and the long road back to normalcy. Today’s matchup against the Royals marks the first home game for city’s favorite team, nay, thing, just down the street from the chaos of Monday’s marathon bombing.
Sporting white home uniforms that simply say “BOSTON”, rather than “Red Sox”, and a “Boston Strong” patch, baseball resumes, and serves it ultimate purpose: taking our minds off of the shittier parts of life. Unfortunately, for nearly 200 people directly affected by the tragedy, normalcy may never feel quite the same again. And life may always be shittier than it was before.
In an emotional moment, documented by the Red Sox organization, stadium workers rolled out the American flag. This will be one of many moments in the coming months for Bostonians that will be thought of as “a first since the bombing.”
Pre-game ceremonies included this video, a speech of sorts about resiliency from the PA announcer, courageous stories from the bombing, the marathon volunteers, and a Lowell High grad who had his leg amputated after sustaining injuries from the bombing.
Then in what is being hailed as “a new tradition born in the Garden,” Governor Devall Patrick, dozens of police, Red Sox, Royals, and everyone in attendance, sang the Nation Anthem. Followed by the ceremonial first pitch, which was thrown by 3 victims of the bombing to 3 Red Sox players.
The final moment was the best part, where Big Papi gave an “impassioned” speech which is quickly going viral, due to his choice of words.