Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings which struck fear in the city and country, but also galvanized it’s people.
April 15th 2013 is a day you will never forget and always remember.
It was surreal…
It was horrific…
It was heartbreaking…
It was also inspiring…
ESPN produced this nicely done documentary on the tragedy and how sports helped Boston heal.
These are very well done and will bring you to tears again…
ESPN “Boston Strong” Part I
ESPN “Boston Strong” Part II
It has been about a year since the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, a day that will be forever woven into the minds of Bostonians and Americans.
There will be many tributes to honor those lost and injured last Patriots day. And this “Boston Strong” goalie mask is simply beautiful. It will surely bring tears to your eyes as you see the faces of Lu, Sean, Krystle & little Martin, who died at the marathon or perished defending the innocent.
Here is the story behind this incredible creation…
Kyle Acomb commissioned a mask from Dom Malerba from Pro’s Choice, a mask-making company north of Boston whose client list includes Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. Montreal artist David Leroux of Diel Airbrush painted the mask, which Rask later autographed. It currently resides in Forum restaurant — ground zero of last year’s Marathon bombings.
The mask will be raffled off and the proceeds will be donated to the One Fund which assists those affected by the Boston Marathon Tragedy.
It has been a very exciting last couple of weeks in the hub of hockey as the Bruins went on a tear following the Olympic Break and became the league’s first team to clinch a playoff spot. While their winning streak finally ended at the hands of Montreal, their point streak is still alive. Also happening were a milestone game for a hockey legend, a milestone assist for a Merlot member, another NHL debut for one rookie, the first ever home win against one opponent and the third-longest winning streak in team history. This is Boston Bruins: Last Two Weeks By The Numbers.
Jarome Iginla has been absolutely on fire during the month of March and a major reason the Bruins won 12 games in a row.
1: Last Tuesday’s win over the Wild was the first time the Bruins have beaten Minnesota at TD Garden (1-6-0).
1: Corey Potter played his first game with the Bruins on March 18 in New Jersey.
1: With their win over the Avalanche on March 21, the Bruins became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff berth.
There is no question that the bullpen was one of the strengths of the 2013 Red Sox, and that it played a key role in their World Series championship. As the trend around baseball turns to flame-throwing relievers that overpower hitters with untouchable pure stuff, the Red Sox have been leaning on a bullpen full of pitchers who trade velocity for command. These relievers thrive on location rather than explosiveness, and tend to have much better offspeed stuff than the average major league relief pitcher. This season looks to be no exception, as Ben Cherington used the offseason to continue stocking his bullpen with command-focused relievers with unheralded success.
Even though injuries have taken a slight toll early in spring, most notably to Craig Breslow, the bullpen still projects to be a major strength of the 2014 Red Sox. Koji Uehara will return to the closers role, where he had historic success last season. While it would be difficult to expect a repeat of his unbelievable dominance from a season ago, Uehara’s numbers so far this spring suggest that fans can expect a dependable, lights-out closer in the ninth inning. Setting him up in the eighth will most likely be up to Edward Mujica and Junichi Tazawa, who each have the ability to be lock down relievers when healthy. Tazawa is one of the few exceptions in the Red Sox bullpen, in that he is not as much of a command pitcher, but has more velocity and overpowering stuff. Tazawa will be more prone to walks than most Red Sox relievers, but he also represents more swing-and-miss capability. Mujica shares the style of Uehara and offseason addition Burke Badenhop as command pitchers who rely on location and changing speeds to keep hitter off balance. Mujica spent most of last season closing games for the St. Louis Cardinals, and while he faded down the stretch, there is no reason to think that he cannot be a lock-down option for the Red Sox.
Going into spring training, it was widely assumed that Jackie Bradley Jr. would be taking over the Red Sox everyday centerfield job, and that at some point Grady Sizemore would be healthy enough to challenge him for playing time. Things have not gone as planned, and the Red Sox find themselves looking at a different roster to break camp than they originally expected. To this point in spring training, Bradley Jr. has posted a .182/.250/.318 triple slash, almost a polar opposite of his stunning numbers from a year ago. Teams do not usually read too much into spring training stats, but it is still somewhat disappointing in the sense that the Red Sox expected Bradley Jr. to take the centerfield job and run with it, thereby leaving themselves with both depth and options in the event that Sizemore is not healthy or able to play every day. This plan has not come to fruition so far, and it has everyone questioning what will happen between Bradley Jr. and Sizemore regarding the centerfield job heading into Opening Day.
The Red Sox have been pleasantly surprised by what they have gotten out of Sizemore so far this spring, even if the player himself won’t admit any significant accomplishment. However, Sizemore is scheduled to start five games this week, at a time where John Farrell has clearly stated that he will be trying to get his regular lineup on the field as much as possible. This leaves many to believe that Sizemore’s performance (and lack of Bradley Jr.’s) is leaving him in line to start in centerfield on Opening Day in Baltimore. When asked this week if Sizemore has a chance to make the team come Opening Day, Farrell responded “Yes,” in addition to stating the Red Sox’ current expectation that he can become an everyday player. This was an entirely unexpected scenario going into the spring, although one that likely pleases the Red Sox.
Bostonians LOVE their sports, but LOVE their city even more. This was not more evident on how the city and the country rallied around the people effected by the Marathon bombings last year.
Boston is Stong.
“Strong: A Boston Anthem” penned by Amanda Carr & preformed by local music legend Charlie Farren encapsulates the true strength of Boston and it’s people.
Could this be Boston’s new sports anthem?
Check it out!