Boston Strong!

Boston Strong! insignia on the Green Monster

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox on being 2013 World Series Champions! It is their third Championship in ten years and that is quite an accomplishment. Beyond that I think this team in 2013 was not just winning for sport or for personal glory, but also for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15. Boston Strong! has been the phrase that New Englander’s have rallied around, and the nation has embraced. I’m not sure where it originated from, but supposedly it was first used in a Tweet by Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Some have tried to capitalize a profit on it, which is reprehensible, but it has been something of a statement to give substance to what was felt in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Red Sox unified a city, in part, during a crisis and sports can sometimes do that like no other public endeavor.  Though the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013, it may be true this was a personal journey for many Red Sox players, baseball fans and the city of Boston!

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Boston Strong! World Series Champion Red Sox

Another ring for Boston fans in a World Championship, but it says much more in a statement of perseverance from a team that went from worst to first in a year to capture “The Precious” in a World Series title and it speaks a lot about sportsmanship in what the team accomplished, and that they did it with heads held high, despite setbacks. Something to be admired in the face of adversity; Something we can all use as an an example in tribute to living – Boston Strong! When David Ortiz accepted the World Series MVP trophy, held it up high and said, “This is for you Boston!” – That spoke volumes and embodied the character of this 2013 Red Sox team.

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