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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Napoli, Farrell reflect on Marathon

By Tony Lee, Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The final chapter on the 2013 Boston Red Sox has yet to be written. There may be many more moments that we one day label as "defining."

Regardless, all that took place around the organization in the days following the Boston Marathon bombings will always be remembered.

After the club clinched the American League East with a win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, some were able to reflect on those moments and what it has meant to their season.

"This is a great city. This is our city," said first baseman Mike Napoli. "We felt for the people in this city, this is our hometown. Something like that happens, it's tough. We tried to rally around together to try to help the city of Boston try to forget about it for a couple of hours, try to put a smile on their faces."

They did so in an instant. Following an emotional pregame ceremony on April 20 in the first game following the tragedy, complete with a speech by David Ortiz that will never be forgotten, the Red Sox got a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning from Daniel Nava to steal a 4-3 win from the Kansas City Royals.

What really matters is how that day, that victory, helped the healing process. There's also no denying that it brought the players and coaches on this team a little closer.

"In that moment it was an opportunity for us to see how our guys responded to something that was a tragedy," manager John Farrell said. "And we knew it was an opportunity to help the city heal, but it was also a galvanizing moment for our guys. That clearly has been something that we won't forget."