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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Maybe Tom Hanks was wrong when he uttered the famous movie line, “There’s no crying in baseball.”
Actually, there is crying in baseball, although it’s certainly not out in the open, like Wade Boggs bawling in the Red Sox dugout during the 1986 World Series.
But it does exist.
Last season, the Boston Marathon tragedy, and the rags-to-riches rise of the world champion Red Sox, made it an emotional year.
In an unscientific poll taken in the Red Sox clubhouse, a majority of 25 players, including retired players, said they had cried at some point in their baseball careers, although mostly in Little League or after winning the World Series. Several admitted they “teared up” in the aftermath of the Marathon bombings.