Boston sports teams reflect on marathon tragedy
BOSTON (WHDH) -- In times of tragedy, sports take an obvious backseat to more serious matters -- but they're not without purpose, providing a much-needed distraction and uniting people in patriotic shows of strength and resolve, proving once again that the worst of human nature is met with the best of America.
As for Boston’s sports teams, the Bruins, practiced earlier Tuesday in Wilmington. The bombing forced the postponement of Monday night's game against the Senators. That game has been re-scheduled for Sunday, April 28.
Before that, the B's are scheduled to play tomorrow night against the Sabres. That game will go on as planned.
Meantime in Waltham, the Celtics practiced instead of getting ready for tipoff with the Pacers. That game, which held no playoff ramifications whatsoever, was canceled yesterday.
The Celtics won't be playing out their full 82-game schedule, but right now, that's not what matters most.
"I just to be safe. I just want everybody in the city to be safe. So you know, I think it was the right call to cancel the game, and we just gotta pray for all the families that were involved in it, and try to do the best we can to help 'em out,” said Celtics forward Jeff Green.
"Sports are obviously woven into the fabric of the city, and I mean, the fact that it's at the marathon, and it affected, you know, so many people in such a personal way, it's not just about it happening in our city, it happened to people that we know, and places that we go," Andrew Ferrence, Bruins defenseman.
"There's not many words that can be said right now. It's tragic, our thoughts and prayers are with the families, and the persons involved, and just I mean, hope for the best, I guess, but it's tragic, and there's not much more you can say," said Patrice Bergeron, Bruins center.
"We want to return things as soon as possible back to normal because that tells whoever did this that you don't stop the spirit of Boston. We are going to be back, we're going to work the same, we're going to play the same, we're going to do things the same, and there's nothing you can do to stop us from doing this," said Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers.
While both the Bruins and Celtics are off Tuesday night, the Red Sox will take the field in Cleveland with heavy hearts. The Sox arrived ahead of their series with the Indians and former manager Terry Francona.
Before the first pitch, the Sox and Indians will observe a moment of silence and the flag at Progressive Field will fly at half-staff.
When Dustin Pedroia puts on his jersey Tuesday night, he knows he'll do it with an extra sense of purpose for the place he now calls home.
"You take pride in the city that you play in. And this is all some of us know. I've only played for the Red Sox. And you know, this city's, what they demand of their team, the way everybody -- toughest city out there, so we definitely put our uniform on, and it'll be that much more special. You know, every day,” said Pedroia, Red Sox second baseman.
The Sox will wear black arm bands this road trip, but they're not the only ones paying tribute.
The Yankees will hold a moment of silence, and play "Sweet Caroline" at the end of the third inning, showing you that in times of tragedy, even the most-heated rivalries take a backseat.