The news hit me like a ton of bricks. When I heard about the bombings at the Boston Marathon, my immediate feelings were anger and the fear that some of my friends were among the crowd standing there on Boylston Street. The New York Beacon Family would like to extend our prayers to those impacted by this senseless act.
Yesterday was Patriots’ Day in Boston, a unique holiday to that city. It is like a region-wide state fair without the fair. The Boston Red Sox always have a matinee game, which starts at 11am. But the highlight of the day is the Boston Marathon, which is also used as a major fundraiser. Many of the runners who were a part of those activities were crossing the finish line at the time of the explosions.
As many runners were crossing the finish line, two bombs went off within 200 yards from the end of the race. Three spectators, including an eight-year old boy, were killed and over 150 other individuals were injured. Considering the timing and the location, it could have been far worse.
I have stood in the vicinity of that very area on Patriots’ Day in year’s past and can only imagine what transpired after 2:50 pm. That is a joyous atmosphere that went from the best of times to the worst of times in a moment.
Like in New York on September 11, 2001, New Englanders immediately responded with bravery and valor. The first responders quickly went into action and prevented the situation from something worse.
It is events like this that put sports in perspective. Kobe’s foot, where Tiger placed a ball and how much time LeBron takes off is not important. Let us pray for Boston as it heels from this tragic event.