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We’ve seen this kind of thing happen before: sports teams providing motivation for their city in time of crisis. The most memorable example was in 2003 when Hurricane Katrina inspired the New Orleans Saints to perform both on and off the field for their city.
After the bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday, the Red Sox took the field in Cleveland for their series finale with the Indians with heavy hearts. They had all the motivation they needed to win for the city of Boston. They even hung a jersey reading “Boston Strong 617” in the dugout, referencing Boston’s area code. Both teams also wore black armbands and had a moment of silence before the game, while the flag was lowered to half-staff.
As for the game itself, the Indians never had a chance. Boston was playing with such motivation. They put up all seven runs in the second inning, while Cleveland only was able to muster one in the second and one in the fifth. Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli, Will Middlebrooks, Jonny Gomes, and David Ross all scored for Boston in the victory, with Napoli driving in three of those runs. The Indians’ runs were scored by Nick Swisher and Ryan Raburn.
By the time Felix Doubront, Boston’s starter, was pulled after five innings of work, the game was all but over. Ubaldo Jimenez took the loss for the Indians and only lasted one and two-thirds after the big second inning by the Red Sox.
Good News and Bad News for the Brewers:
The good news is the Brewers are no longer in last place in the NL Central after holding off the Giants last night in Milwaukee and the Cubs’ loss to the Rangers. The other piece of good news is that it’s still early in the season, folks, and the Brewers are only three and a half games back of the first-place Cardinals. Another piece of good news is the Brewers have their first win streak this month. Yes, it’s only two games, but it’s a step in the right direction for this year’s squad, who have been so inconsistent as of late. The bad news is they continue their series with the second place team in the NL West today, and also they are only a half game out of the cellar in the NL Central. If they want to stay ahead of the Cubs, they have to find a way to keep the winning streak going tonight. The pitching matchup tonight is Fiers vs. Vogelsong, two pitchers with sky high ERAs, so the pitcher who gives up the least amount of big plays tonight should pick up the win.
World of Sports
The Red Sox aren’t Boston’s only sports team to respond to Monday’s tragedy. Both the Celtics and the Bruins have responded as well. The Celtics had their game for Tuesday against the Pacers cancelled. Doc Rivers, the Celtics’ coach, responded to the media when asked for his reaction.
Similarly, the Bruins have responded with equally heavy hearts. The team shortened their practice to focus on the bombing victims. Their home game against the Buffalo Sabres tonight will be the first sports event in Boston since the bombings. Bruins players react to the bombing and are using this as extra motivation to play for the city that needs them.
Trevor Uitenbroek, Assistant Sports Director