Seeing as this week is 12th anniversary of September 11th, I started thinking about major world disasters and how the world of baseball has reacted to them. Since I am from boston I naturally thought of the marathon bombings this year in April and how the Red Sox responded.
Jeff Bauman, a 27-year-old victim in the bombings, who was cheering on his girlfriend while she ran the marathon, lost both his legs due to the explosion. His rescuer, Carlos Arredondo, a stranger, carried him away from the explosion to get medical help. The Red Sox honored Bauman and his hero at a home game on May 28th against the Phillies. Carlos wheeled Jeff out on to the mound to throw the first pitch of the game.
Here is the video of the opening ceremonies:
This is not the first time, however, that Jeff had been honored by a Boston sports team. Earlier in the month, at TD Garden before game two of the Bruins versus Maple Leafs game, Bauman waved not the Bruins banner but the Boston Strong flag. I was actually at the game that night with my dad and brother!