From the start of this season, the Boston Red Sox have been inextricably linked with the Boston Marathon bombing.
And now that they have reached the threshold of baseball’s highest crown, its improbable rise from last place to the World Series has taken on a deeper meaning in a city rising from one of the most shockingly violent episodes in its history. Boston needed the Red Sox a bit more than usual this year, as a distraction, a measure of comfort, and a unifying force. And more than ever, the team took on the personality of its recovering city.
And Fenway Park became the venue where, throughout the summer crowds cheered the victims, the survivors, the first responders, and the healers as they walked—or were helped—to the mound for the ceremonial first pitch. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.