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At the end of the pregame ceremony, David Ortiz addressed the crowd, uttered a profanity and added, "Nobody is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong." Daniel Nava gave the fans something more to cheer about late, hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Red Sox edged the Royals 4-3.
|On a day filled with emotion at Fenway Park, the Red Sox took the field with the word Boston stitched across the front of their uniforms.|
Like so many in this town and across the world, Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino watched the capture take place in Watertown on Friday night, the exhilaration that replaced the fear on city streets, and the public display of appreciation for those who had taken part in the massive effort to restore calm.
"Watching those claps and cheers," Victorino said, "and now to take the field in front of those same people and fans, to see the joyfulness and happiness brought out, that makes today a special day for me.
"But not only for me, the city. We honor them. We are athletes who take the field, but we honor the city, we honor the fans, we honor the people, the law enforcement, we honor the lives who were lost and those who continue to battle in hospitals. We wish them a speedy recovery."
In pregame ceremonies intended to be low-key in tone, the Red Sox observed a moment of silence for the victims of the bombings and the campus police officer killed Thursday night. They also honored the first responders who, at considerable personal risk, came to the aid of the hundreds hurt in Monday's blast, as well as those who in four days' time identified and apprehended the terrorist brothers responsible. Security was tight at Fenway. A SWAT team member with a German shepherd stood guard at the doorway to the tunnel leading to visitors' dugout about 2½ hours before game time. A man in military fatigues checked all of the Royals' lockers and the many cracks in the ceiling tiles with a flashlight. Outside, fans milled around, waiting for the gates to open. Several of them were wearing Boston Marathon jackets dating back as much as a decade.
|Fans show up with the Boston Strong T-shirts before the Bruins game against the Penguins at TD Garden.|
The Red Sox announced Friday's game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday. The regularly scheduled game will take place at 1:35 p.m., with the nightcap at 7 p.m. Beyond the Red Sox and Bruins, the case impacted other sporting activities planned for the weekend. Boston College canceled all home athletic events for Saturday, including the annual spring football game. The suspension of Amtrak train service forced the New England Revolution of MLS to change plans and travel by bus Friday morning for their game against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night at Red Bull Stadium in Harrison, N.J. The teams opened the game with a tribute to Boston. The introductory song was switched from the Red Bulls Anthem to "Dirty Water," a song with Boston ties as a banner in the home cheering section was read "New York Stands With Boston." Information from ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald, ESPN.com's Scott Burnside and The Associated Press was used in this report.