I remember where I was when I first heard the news of the Boston bombings. Coincidentally, I was on-air with Cougar Radio with my former co-host of Tailgate Talk Show Danny.
The show went from 2:30-3:30 every weekday and on Monday April 15, 2013, at precisely 2:49PM, the city of Boston was now racing to save the people.
The bombs went off twelve seconds apart killing three and injuring another 260 plus people. The traumatizing event only led the people of Boston to unite and recover as a team.
Much like events that occurred on September 11, 2001, Americans tuned into the stories surrounding Boston and checked in on the people of the city going through the recovering stage.
One thing brought the people together and made it easier for just a time period to forget the tragic events they just saw; sports.
In hockey, the Bruins had one of the most touching opening ceremonies I can remember. After the first verse of the national anthem was sung, the thousands in attendance took over and sang as if the entire thing was rehearsed. The people huddled around one another showing off their pride not only for the Bruins, but for the city of Boston and the nation. The Bruins used the motivation of the city to get their way to the Stanley Cup Finals in a original six match-up with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks took home the Stanley Cup in six games.
The Celtics were already recognized as one of the most successful franchises in the NBA. However, the team had a new type of pressure on themselves. They wanted this for the people of the city more than ever. With the success the team brings, people were hoping history would be on their side, only for the Celtics to get eliminated by the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs.
The city’s baseball team, the Red Sox may have gotten the most attention. The team was in the beginning of a long six month, 162 game schedule. They were the team that would be playing the longest after the tragedy. When they received the news, the team was in Cleveland, and they had made up a jersey reading “Boston” on the front and “strong” on the back with the number being the cities area code of 617.
Face of the franchise and slugging Designated Hitter David Ortiz spoke in front of the crowd of thousands when Boston presumed baseball at Fenway Park, and spoke his heart. The most famous words that got an ovation from the crowd was “This is our f***ing city.”
The team went onto winning the World Series in Boston for the first time in 95 years, and accredited the city as their perseverance. During the team’s victory parade, they took a detour from their normal route and went across the Boston Marathon finish line as remembrance piece for the people who were affected by the bombings and a sign of moving on.
One year later, many people recall the stories of where they were that day. I just so happened to be doing a radio show for Cougar Radio and not knowing how to broadcast that to the people listening. I could not imagine what the people were going through that day as the only account I have is through their stories. The people of Boston have healed and look forward to the marathon as a piece of moving on and showing they are stronger than a bomb attack: they are Boston Strong.