The plan called for the Red Sox to hop a late-afternoon flight to Cleveland after finishing off a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays with a Patriots Day victory at Fenway Park. At least something went according to plan yesterday. According to a team spokesperson, the Red Sox left Fenway Park shortly after the explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, and their charter departed Logan Airport a few minutes before 5 p.m. Suddenly, the Sox' riveting 3-2 walk-off win over the Rays seemed terribly insignificant. David Ortiz, the Red Sox' longest-tenured player, talked to mlb.com after being scratched from a game in his minor league rehab assignmnent at Triple-A Pawtucket due to soreness in his left heel. "I'm kind of angry," Ortiz said. "Whoever did this is insane. People are trying to raise money to get people healthy. This isn't a day to pick to do things like that. This is a big day for Boston and the nation in general. It's horrible when you see things like this happen. I'm watching the news, and I can't believe it. I can't believe it. It's a bad day, man." Other Red Sox players took to Twitter. "I love Boston... It's my new home... I'm still in shock and can't wrap my head around all of this. Wish there was something I could do," third baseman Will Middlebrooks wrote on his Twitter feed, @middlebrooks. Then, this morning, Middlebrooks added, "I can't wait to put on my jersey today... I get to play for the strongest city out there. #BostonStrong."
David Ortiz: Whoever did this is insane
Boston Herald | Apr 16