1. Bombings kill three, injure hundreds during the Boston Marathon
Boston’s signature athletic event turned unspeakably tragic when at 2:49 p.m. on April 15, 2013 the first of two bombs exploded near the Marathon finish line on Boylston Street. Three people were killed and more than 260 wounded in the attacks; an MIT police officer was also killed in a shootout during the manhunt. I saw the attack from 10 yards away, witnessed the heroic first responders in action, and watched my city transition from a state of shock to quick recovery mode.
The Red Sox made sure the city knew the team was behind them during the initial days. While in Cleveland on a three-day road trip, the players posed for a famous photo in the visitors’ clubhouse with a ‘‘B Strong’’ banner and a Red Sox jersey reading ‘‘Boston Strong’’ with the city’s 617 area code hung in the dugout.
In the first game back after the Marathon, the Red Sox conducted an emotional ceremony at Fenway Park that started with David Ortiz’ into a season-long tribute to honor the victims, doctors and nurses, police and other first-responders. The other Boston sports teams continued to honor those impacted by the events of April 15, with the Bruins having Marathon bombing survivors and first-responders astheir honorary captains for home games during their postseason run.
The Marathon will never be the same after the terrorist acts that took place last year. Next year’s marathon on April 21, 2014 is sure to be one of the most emotional days in Boston history. I’m looking forward to crossing the finish line with the other runners.
I can't wait to put on my jersey today... I get to play for the strongest city out there. #BostonStrong— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) April 16, 2013