Red Sox honor Marathon victims and heroes before Game 1


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The Red Sox paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings before the game today in a touching ceremony.

After the teams were introduced and lined up on the baselines, there was a moment of silence. The families of the late Krystle Campbell and Sean Collier were then introduced and walked to the outfield beyond second base.

A group of Marathon runners and volunteers were next, clad in their yellow BAA jackets. Then came a group of people who had been injured and some of those who bravely helped them amid the chaos that day. That group was led by Carlos Arredondo, the man in the cowboy hat, and former Patriots player Joe Andruzzi.

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A group of medical professionals, many in scrubs, were next out of the center-field gate as the crowd cheered.

Then came the biggest cheers as Boston Police Department commissioner Ed Davis led a long blue line of officers out onto the field.

Michelle Brooks Thompson performed the national anthem. Mayor Thomas M. Menino threw out the first pitch from the box seats near the Red Sox dugout.

Arredondo and Andruzzi announced “Play ball” and the game got under way, with Jon Lester throwing a fastball for a strike.