For Boston, Patriots’ Day Game Holds Special Meaning
Monday, April 15th, 2013. A date that is tattooed in the minds of Bostonians everywhere. Four years ago on Patriots’ Day tragedy struck the city of Boston and shook our nation to its core. Two bombs detonated at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and for a moment there was confusion and fear. What was happening? Who would do this? But moments later, the people of Boston would show their true strengths: unwavering toughness and kindheartedness.
First responders ran towards the explosions and marathon runners and spectators alike helped the injured. Men and women who had just run 26.2 miles carried injured people to the nearest hospital. Not focused on revenge or self interest, the people of Boston were focused on helping out their fellow citizens. A bomb meant to evoke terror and chaos had created unity.
Patriots’ Day takes place on the third Monday in April each year and it is in remembrance of the first battles of the Revolutionary War, the battles of Lexington and Concord. It’s a day when people across Massachusetts wake up early and set up chairs along the Boston Marathon route to cheer on the runners. Every year on Patriots’ Day the Boston Red Sox take the field at Fenway Park for an 11:00am start. Sox fans pack Yawkey Way and Lansdowne Street early in the morning to get ready to watch the game. Street vendors line the streets and everyone is happy to celebrate the city that they love.
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Since the marathon bombings took place four years ago, the Red Sox have become representatives of the Boston spirit and the face of the love and support that run through the veins of Bostonians. Future Hall of Famer David Ortiz became the voice of Boston five days after the tragedy, delivering his famous “This is our f-ing city” speech. A crowd rallied behind him, with “Boston Strong” ingrained in their hearts, and the Red Sox vowed to help the city of Boston heal. They carried this fervor into the playoffs, where the 2013 season culminated in a World Series title.
The next year, the Boston Marathon drew more attendees than ever before. Showing their toughness and how nothing would stand in their way, Boston was not deterred by past events. The Red Sox, a staple in the Patriots’ Day tradition, played with a different meaning. Of course, it’s Boston’s objective to win every game they play. But on Patriots’ Day, the Red Sox play with an entire city of people in mind. At its core, baseball is just a game, but it is much more than just a game. It brings people together. For a city that was searching for answers, the Red Sox became a unifying force. A reminder that your neighbor was by your side and you were by his.
Today, Patriots’ Day, the Red Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays. As has become tradition, the Red Sox will wear jerseys that say “BOSTON” across the front, emblazoned with a patch that says “B Strong” (Red Sox B).
These jerseys serve as a reminder that this is more than just a game, and the Red Sox are playing for all of Boston. Patriots’ Day of 2013 was a dark day for our country, but as we remember those lost and all who were affected by the tragedy, we do so with strength and spirit. As David Ortiz said: “This is our f-ing city, and nobody gonna dictate our freedom”. Today and forever more, we are all Boston Strong.
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