The Sports World Reacts to the Boston Marathon Explosion

It’s an incredible world we live in.

First, to the unspeakable acts that occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It takes nothing more than a coward to hide behind the screen of explosive devices and shrapnel, to carry out an attack on innocent lives to make some sort of “statement.” Why people believe that committing—or attempting to commit—mass murder is the best way to get their message across is beyond me and likely something we, as a society will never be able to understand. It is comforting, however, to know that for as many sick individuals there are in the world, there are ten times as many who would rush towards a catastrophic scene to do what they can to help those in need.

I can’t wait until the day justice is served upon the individual(s) responsible for these acts of terror. We, as a nation, have shown our resilience time and time again, and this will time will be no different.

Something else that continues to blow my mind, though, has to do with the technologically-advanced times we are lucky enough to live in.

No longer do we have to wait until the evening news or the next morning’s paper to find out major details about events, no matter the variety, tragic or joyous.

That was exactly the case yesterday as information began to roll in as events continued to unfold in Boston. Like millions of others following the breaking news, I was completely glued to my Twitter feed and Facebook timeline—devices that were nonexistent prior to my completing high school, and devices that will be taken for granted by so many future generations.

Mere moments after the explosions occurred, news outlets were running stories, continuing to file updates, and adjusting numbers of the wounded and deceased. At the same time, Google set up a Boston Marathon Person Finder page, Bostonians launched a Google doc that essentially served as a database of people who made their homes available to those who might need a place to stay.

The events struck close to home for many in the sports world, including Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon—formerly of the Boston Redsox—who spoke to on Monday afternoon:

“It’s sad, man,” he said. “Patriots’ Day is a big thing in Boston, Sox play at 11 o’clock. It’s all ruined. Families are ruined, lives are ruined. For what? It’s just sad.

“I’m looking at it right now, and I’m like, damn, I used to live right there.”

Papelbon said he has tried to contact people in Boston, but he has had no luck.

“It’s kind of surreal,” Papelbon said. “I don’t know man, it’s crazy. It’s hard to even think about. … Hopefully, the city can rally and make things better, but it’s going to be tough.”

Others in the sports world took to Twitter to share their sympathies, well wishes, and even some photos.

Here’s a roundup of some of what I came across. #PrayForBoston

Please share any thoughts, stories, and prayers in the comments below.

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