Last Monday’s events occurred in our backyard. It occurred close to Fenway Park, so this should never be compared to anything. It should stand alone.
The tributes and the way they’re conducted will be appropriate and unique.
And no one will ever forget.
As we said, the baseball is secondary. Oh, David Ortiz returns, and the Royals look to be a better team than they’ve been in some time. The Sox will face old nemesis James Shields.
Clay Buchholz will be on the mound.
“I’m looking forward to it and playing in a great environment,” Buchholz said. “I’m at a loss for words. I don’t even know how to comprehend a bunch of it. It’s going to be a special day for everybody.”
Buchholz said it might be hard to keep focus on baseball, but he will “think about my job, and on top of that you’ve got to know what this is all about and why the guys are going to get together and do as much as we can as a Red Sox organization to help out any way we can. It’s above and beyond it being another baseball game.”
He added, “Looking forward to being there and being part of the healing process. It’ll be good for us to get back and be a part of what’s going on there.”
They may have left the tragedy in the rearview mirror that day, but Friday night, they will immerse themselves in the healing.