Opening Day 2014 posted by Greg Cunningham
Mitch Albom, in his book The Five People You Meet In Heaven taught us that “…all endings are beginnings. We just don't know it at the time..." Looking back at the end of the 2012 Boston Red Sox season, little did we know the stage would be set for what many would call the greatest come-back season in Red Sox history. And without the abysmal ending of 2012, it may never have come to pass.
The season had barely begun, and fans were still trying to learn the names of some of the players, when the character of the 2013 Boston Red Sox was firmly established. While the echo of explosions could be heard at Fenway Park on April 15th, the reverberations were felt for days, weeks, and months after. The City of Boston was reminded, and more importantly, reminded itself, that we were strong, we would not cower, we would not give in. We thanked the real heroes in uniform: the police, fire and EMS departments far and wide who worked tirelessly to provide aid and comfort. We paused to honor and remember the fatalities: Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier. We tried to raise the spirits of those who had lost limbs, and those who almost lost their lives after being wounded. But Boston refused to act wounded, and rose up as one, unified nation.
In what proved to be a stirring moment of foreshadowing, President Barack Obama provided a call to action: “We come together to celebrate life and to walk our cities and to cheer for our teams [and] when the Sox, then Celtics, then Patriots or Bruins are champions again…the crowds will gather and watch a parade go down Boylston Street…Bet on it!” The Red Sox did more than bet on it. They did it.Continue reading "Opening Day 2014"