The sports world, including current Boston athletes, former Boston athletes and athletes with little to no connection to the city, sent out prayers and well-wishes to the Hub and to those affected by the tragic bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.
The Red Sox had wrapped up an exciting walk-off win over the Rays at Fenway Park a little less than an hour before the explosions, which took place just 1.5 miles from the home of the Red Sox. Here are Twitter reactions from Red Sox players and more reaction from other athletes and sports figures:
“Wow. What is wrong with people. #prayers #bostonmarathon,” “I'm so sickened by this... Wrong city to mess with... #Boston” – Third baseman Will Middlebrooks
“Boston is a tough, resilient town and will prevail over this saddening tragedy! #PrayForBoston” – Outfielder Shane Victorino
“Praying for those effected by the explosions at the marathon. #Godblessboston” – Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury
Former Red Sox pitcher and current Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, who used to live above Abe and Louie’s Steakhouse at 793 Boylston St. during his time with the Red Sox, was shaken by the tragedy: “It’s sad, man,” Papelbon told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Patriots’ Day is a big thing in Boston. The Sox play at 11 o’clock. It’s all ruined. Families are ruined, lives are ruined. For what? It’s just sad. … I used to live right above where one of the bombs went off, It’s kind of surreal. I don’t know man, it’s crazy. It’s hard to even think about.”
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere wrote “Pray for Boston” on his glove.
Former Sox pitcher Curt Schilling spoke to ESPN’s Karl Ravech about the explosions: “Patriots' Day is Boston. It’s unique to Boston. It’s a Boston holiday, something that’s generations old, something that [the people in Boston] are proud of. Timing-wise it was 50 minutes after the game finished. I pitched two Patriots' Day games and my wife ran marathons on both of them. That is literally the same timeframe in which we would have been at the finish line, which is where the first explosion was, and I think about what that scene looks like for the years that I was there. … Today I was immensely proud to see the first responders (and what they did to keep people safe).”
“I will DONATE $100 for EVERY pass I catch next season to whatever ‘Boston Marathon Relief Fund’ there is. And $200 for any dropped pass.” – New Patriots receiver Danny Amendola
“I am a proud native new yorker and yet boston is my favorite city on the planet.” – ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor Steve Levy
“Sending prayers out for Boston #prayforboston” – Celtics guard Rajon Rondo
“Just put the kids to bed, they were a couple blocks away today and got pretty scared. Tough to know what to say to them on a night like this. … Told them that although there might be a bad person out there, we saw thousands who ran to help. Way more good people in this world than bad.” – Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference