Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/18/13

Mo Vaughn played eight seasons with the Red Sox, winning an MVP award in 1995 before departing for the ten-Anaheim Angels. Likewise, it seems that the former first baseman recalls his time in Beantown fondly, and, on Thursday, sent some words of encouragement to the city. Vaughn took out a half-page ad in Thursday’s edition of The Boston Globe, calling Boston “the greatest sports town in the country.” He also gave credit to the first responders and runners who took part, ultimately referring to everyone in the city as “heroes in my eyes.” The full text (as transcribed by The Globe) is below, and a picture of the ad below that. “As a former Major League Baseball player, I spent 8 years playing in the greatest sports town in the country. I’m deeply saddened by the tragic events that took place this past Monday at The Boston Marathon. Patriots Day is the one day each year that this great city celebrates the bravery and heroism of the people that live here. As a community, you quickly pulled together by rushing to the aid of the many injured — first responders, runners and the spectators themselves — you all are heroes in my eyes. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the City of Boston, especially to the families and friends of those who lost their lives or were injured in this horrible incident. “Boston Will March On.” Photo via Twitter/@geoffkeegan Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@si_vault

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