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Boston Marathon Bombings: Support Pours in from Around Sports World

Keith Yandle (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

In the wake of the bombings that left three dead on Patriots’ Day, a day inextricably linked with Boston sports since the first running of the Marathon in 1897, tributes poured in from leagues, teams and athletes around the nation and worldwide.

Monday was also Jackie Robinson Day, when Major League Baseball celebrates the legacy of the man who broke the color barrier and all players wear his number 42. This year, the tributes to Robinson took a backseat to the terrible events in Boston, and all evening games were preceded by a minute of silence, as were all games at NBA and NHL arenas.

The Red Sox, unlike some of the fans who attended the morning game at Fenway Park, were able to leave the ballpark and travel to Cleveland, where they begin a three-game series on Tuesday. The Indians announced that the flag will be flown at half mast for the duration of the first game at Progressive Field. The New York Yankees, for their part, said on Tuesday afternoon that Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline”, a Fenway staple, will be played at Yankee Stadium after the third inning of their game against the Diamondbacks. An even classier move by the Bronx Bombers was the raising of this sign:

After Monday’s NHL game at TD Garden between the Bruins and the Ottawa Senators was postponed until April 28th, the NBA made the unprecedented decision to cancel Tuesday’s matchup between the Celtics and Indiana Pacers altogether, since both teams are already locked into their playoff seeds. Thus, Boston and Indiana will play only 81 regular season games this year.

Among the more touching tributes from athletes on Monday night was that of Phillies outfielder Ben Revere, who taped the message “PRAY for Boston” to his glove, which he then used to make one of the season’s best catches to date. The same phrase, which was a Twitter trending topic for several hours in the aftermath of the bombings,  was written on the skates of Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, who is a native of Milton, for his team’s game against San Jose.

Many athletes took to Twitter to express their condolences. One of the first was Celtics archnemesis LeBron James, who tweeted the following message:

Similar sentiments were expressed during the following hours by Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, Warriors guard Stephen Curry, welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Blue Jays shortstop José Reyes, former NFL tight end Jeremy Shockey, and Lakers forwards Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace, among scores of others. This tweet from Oakland A’s reliever Andrew Carignan, a Connecticut native, was especially poignant:

Among Boston athletes, former Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi made headlines for all the right reasons. At the Marathon with his foundation, which raises funds to fight cancer, Andruzzi was seen after the attack carrying an injured woman to safety. Former linebacker Matt Chatham was also on the scene, according to The Boston Globe‘s Greg Bedard. New Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, meanwhile, used the social networking service to make the following laudable announcement:

Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, one of the team’s most active tweeters, expressed his shock, but also his pride in representing the city:

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference wrote about his children being near the scene:

Outfielder Shane Victorino also was proud to represent Boston:

Many mentioned the fortitude of Boston and its citizens and noted how that characteristic mettle will help the city move forward from this tragedy. Among these was President Obama, who said during his address on Monday night that “Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people.” Middlebrooks put it more succinctly:

Well said indeed.

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Nick is the Celtics and college sports editor at Sports of Boston. He writes about basketball, football and anything else that comes his way. Follow him on Twitter @N_A_Garcia

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