We’ve spent much of today gauging athletes’ reaction to the tragic explosions at the Boston Marathon, but for one former Red Sox pitcher, the event hit home in a very surreal way.
The Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon played seven seasons in Boston, becoming synonymous with the Red Sox, and the city itself. His Irish jig following the clinching game of the 2007 World Series is a thing of legend, as he seemed to reinvent the term “wild antics” on a regular basis.
But Papelbon was in a dour mood today prior to the Phillies’ game with the host Cincinnati Reds. So was everyone in the Philadelphia clubhouse, as they watched coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings on TV. At one point, Papelbon turned to Cliff Lee and said, “That’s where I used to live.” Philadelphia Inquirer:
“It’s sad, man,” Papelbon said. “Patriots’ Day is a big thing is Boston. The Sox play at 11 o’clock. It’s all ruined. Families are ruined, lives are ruined. For what? It’s just sad.”
Papelbon said he kept friends who still lived in his old neighborhood. Like most, he had difficulty reaching any Monday afternoon.
Papelbon said he used to live on the corner of Boylston and Fairfield Streets, near where the bombs went off.
“I used to live right above where one of the bombs went off,” Papelbon said. “It’s kind of surreal. I don’t know man, it’s crazy. It’s hard to even think about.
“I lived right above Abe and Louie’s,” he said referring to a steakhouse in the area. “It’s sad, man.”
— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) April 15, 2013
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