Originally written on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 4/21/13
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“This jersey that we wear today, it doesn’t say ‘Red Sox,’ it says ‘Boston. We want to thank you Mayor Menino, Governor Patrick, the whole police department for the great job they did this past week. This is our (expletive) city.” That was David Ortiz yesterday before the Red Sox played the Kansas City Royals. Ortiz displayed an abundance of emotion that many people were feeling. After a week of turmoil, anger, and sadness Bostonians needed a release from all the tension that surrounded the Boston Marathon bombings. The second bomber was caught the night before and the people of Boston and the country for that matter were resting easier. Though many questions need to be answered the fact that the second suspect was captured aided in the city getting back to normal. The last game the Red Sox played at home was on Monday which was the day of the bombings. Right after their 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay was when the tragedy in Boston took place. The Red Sox were in Cleveland that week and were looking to be back in Boston to help take the city’s mind of the bombings for at least a few hours. That is what sports can do for a city and a nation. It helps to bring people together and forget about the evil that is in the world. Saturday morning Jacoby Ellsbury tweeted, “Can’t wait to get back on the field to show my love and support for this great city!” The team wanted to be part of the city’s resiliency and show that what a few people did could not stop the city’s heartbeat. Growing up in New England I knew how proud the people of the area are especially when it comes to bouncing back from a tragedy. David Ortiz who came back from an injury was leading the team by thanking the Boston police and mayor for the job well done. He dropped the f-bomb and the crowd roared. Ortiz was filled with emotion for many reasons and he was not afraid to speak his mind. Even the FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski was fine with Big Papi’s speech. Genachowski tweeted out, “David Ortiz spoke from the heart at today’s Red Sox game. I stand with Big Papi and the people of Boston – Julius.” The Red Sox were victorious yesterday beating the Royals 4-3. The Red Sox had an emotional pre-game ceremony that honored the victims of the dreadful attacks during the Boston Marathon. It paid tribute to law enforcement officials, first responders, race participants and volunteers. The scene at Fenway was emotional and powerful. For those who might not follow sports or wonder why people are fascinated by sports teams this is one reason why. Sports is a binding force and the ceremony at Fenway Park was just another example of how sports can help bring a nation together. I have been a Boston Red Sox fan for some time now. Yesterday as I watched the opening ceremonies I could not have been more proud to be part of Red Sox nation. GO SOX!
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