Joel Sherman is one of them. A graduate of NYU, he has covered baseball for the New York Post since 1989. Sherman could be forgiven for having Yankee sympathies, but he took time Tuesday to give a special shout-out to Boston, devoting his usual "3-Up" column to one very nice piece about the city.
"I hope the Yankees are playing in Boston on the third Monday of April next year, 2014," Sherman writes. "And I am hoping the city -- that resilient city -- has bounced back and, while being respectful in memory to those who have lost their lives, is able to have that big party again. Are able to rekindle the wall-to-wall, dawn-to-dusk joy of that day."
Sherman's sentiment was echoed by rival teams' athletes far and wide in the aftermath of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings. Here's a sample:
-- The Yankees themselves sent two tweets Tuesday afternoon:
Our thoughts are with the Boston community. Tonight there will be a special moment of silence & Fenway favorite Sweet Caroline @ end of 3rd.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 16, 2013
-- Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson:
-- Heat forward LeBron James:
Prayers goes out to those involved/hurt in #BostonMarathon. WTF is wrong with people man. Just sad— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 15, 2013
-- Lakers guard Kobe Bryant:
-- Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco:
Thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the explosions at the Boston Marathon today.— Joe Flacco (@TeamFlacco) April 16, 2013
-- The Montreal Canadiens:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today's tragedy in Boston.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 15, 2013
-- Phillies center fielder Ben Revere taped a message that read, "Pray for Boston" on his glove for Monday's game, then went out and made possibly the catch of the year:
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes