Sunday, April 21, 2013

Day 21: Sometimes the F-Word is Just So Necessary!

It was an emotional day at Fenway Park yesterday as the Boston Red Sox did their part to honor both the victims and the heroes in the Marathon bombing. The Sox donned special game day home jerseys where they replaced the familiar "Red Sox" with "Boston" and included a B Strong patch. And nearly everyone in the stands wore something that tied them to Beantown.

The poignant ceremony began with a tribute with photos of the Marathon...then the explosions...and then the chaos...all with the song "Hallelujah" accompanying it. It was hard to keep the lip from quivering. Then, victims of Monday's tragedy were invited out to throw the ceremonial first pitches while members of the Boston and Watertown police departments stood alongside.

An enormous American flag was dropped over the Green Monster and it was time for the national anthem. And for the second time in less than a week, I was reduced to tears as an entire stadium of over 35,000 Boston Strong joined together and sang.

As those involved in the pre game on-field ceremony began to file off, David Ortiz, fresh off the DL, took control of the microphone.
"All right," he said. "All right, Boston. This jersey that we wear today, it doesn't say Red Sox. It says Boston. We want to thank you Mayor Menino, Gov. Patrick, the whole police department for the great job they did this past week."
And then, he hits us with this... (needless to say, I almost fell of my couch and I even needed to rewind to make sure I actually heard what I thought I heard!)

And the FCC agreed that in this case, there was no need for a fine. Smart people. No one could have said it any better!

Oh yeah, and the Sox won on a 3-run homer by Daniel Nava in the 8th inning—most certainly sparked by a surprise visit by Neil Diamond to help sing Sweet Caroline!

What a day!

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