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Austin team honors Boston, victims

Posted by Obnoxious Boston Fan  April 26, 2013 02:02 PM

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Boston Strong, meet Austin Strong.

The tributes to Boston have reached Austin, Texas, along with one of the Boston Marathon victims.

The Round Rock Express will pay tribute to the victims of the Marathon bombing tragedy Friday against the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Katie Carmona, an Austin resident, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. She was at the race, cheering on her husband Paul, when the first bomb went off, sending metal shrapnel into her shin.

In the middle of the seventh inning, a time normally reserved for fans to stand up and stretch, David Garza, Maria Groten and Matt Harmatuk, who ran in this year’s Boston Marathon, will enter Dell Diamond through the center field gate and run toward the pitchers’ mound to symbolically finish the race.

Fans in Boston might be SOL on those shirts, since they'll be for sale for $25 only at the game. The Round Rock Express is the Class AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers.

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First responders will hold up the finish line tape that reads "Run Austin, Love Boston" as a tribute to the true heroes in each and every community across our great nation.

Following “The Finish Line,” Carmona will lead the crowd in a rendition of “God Bless America.”

“Tragic events, like the ones that occurred during the Boston Marathon and nearby in West [Texas] remind us not only of the courage and dedication of our first responders, but also how their quick action saves lives,” said George King, general manager of the Express, said in a release.

The team is asking fans to wear a race shirt and/or Boston sports gear to the game.

#BostonStrong.

Austin Strong isn't so bad, either.

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