Yesterday the Fenway Faithful emerged from Fenway Park as they have every Patriots Day for near a half century. The mood was light as they made their way to and through Kenmore Square, many on their way to Copley and the finish line of the Marathon. The Sox had battled back from a blown save and finished off a sweep of the Rays with a 10 inning 3-2 win.
Boston is a city steeped in tradition and Patriots Day, the Red Sox and the Boston Marathon are woven within the fabric of that tradition. Yesterday faceless cowardice attempted to kill that tradition with murderous hate, terror and fear!
What faceless cowards do not understand is that tradition does not simply whither away and crawl off into the night. What faceless cowards do not understand is that tradition will take their act of hatred and weave into its own fabric of honor, of remembering, of tradition.
What faceless cowards do not understand is that this great city will bleed, will weep, will grieve as we heal and as we mourn and we will endure.
What faceless cowards do not understand is that we are emboldened and what they have done is unified a people and in the midst of their hate they have, once again, brought out the best in us!
Johnny Kelley (the Elder), 1935 and 1945.
Mike Timlin, 2004.
Johnny Kelley (the Younger), 1957
Josh Beckett, 2007
Bill Rogers, 1975, ’78’, ’79’, ’80’.
Clay Buchholz, 2008.
Timothy Cherigat , 2004.
Dice K Matsusaka, 2011, and
Wesley Korir, 2012.
all have in common? It’s simple really, they all won on Marathon Day!
The Boston Marathon ran its first race in 1897 and yesterday marked the 54th year in a row that the Red Sox played at Fenway Park on the same day the race was run; and it was the 44th time that the game started at 11 AM.
You see Marathon Day also happens to be Patriots Day. That day is big doings in Boston for it is the day that marks the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
Perhaps you have heard of it? If not, it took place on a green a bit northwest of Boston on…
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