by John Viril—
This weekend, the Kansas City Royals drew the unenviable task of being the first baseball team to play against the Red Sox in Fenway after the Boston Marathon attack. The weekend featured an emotionally charged atmosphere that included Neil Diamond appearing live to sing “Sweet Caroline” and a pre-game speech by Red Sox DH David Ortiz on Saturday. After blowing a 2-1 8th inning lead in Saturday’s 4-3 loss, the Royals came back to sweep a double header in two close games on Sunday.
This was an acid test for a young team trying to establish itself as a winning ballclub. Not only was the city of Boston revved up after a nightmarish five days that began with Monday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon, the Red Sox came into the series after an 11-4 start to the season. Despite near playoff-level intensity from the home fans, the Royals managed to win 2 of 3 games this weekend against the Red Sox.
This was a big deal.
The Royals arrived on Thursday to play a 3 game ser...