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Boston fans come to Cleveland, talk about explosion

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Boston Red Sox played their first game since the explosion Tuesday night, and it happened to be in nearby Cleveland.

It was  rainy at Progressive Field, but the game went on as scheduled. A moment of silence was held before the game and all players wore black arm bands to honor those killed and injured in Monday's explosions.

"I think that's all we can do keep them in prayer and support them the best we can that way, said Indians fan Mark Jones of Canfield.

Before the game, Indians manager Terry Francona talked about the tragedy in Boston. A few years ago he took Boston to the world series twice and won.

"Some of those views you could see the church where my daughter got married. So it's very unsettling for everybody, Francona said. "I hope there are people way smarter than me that can figure this stuff out so someday this doesn't happen. It's hard enough being an adult can you imagine being a kid now growing up now? It's hard and makes me feel bad."

Boston Red Sox players told 21 News the people of Boston are very resilient.

Third Baseman Will Middlebrooks says, "This is a game. This is baseball but this means a lot to the city of Boston, a lot to the people who live there. If we can just get something on TV other than replays of the events of yesterday I think it will help a lot so we will go out there and hopefully put some smiles on people's faces/"

"Your prayers go out to all the families effected by it and hopefully things will get better," said Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

Boston fan Ray Lowe flew to Cleveland just to see the Red Sox play. He says his city will bounce back. 

"It was a tragedy on such a big day a momentous day in Boston it was a terrible tragedy everybody was having a good time," Lowe said.

The waves of the explosion have already hit far beyond Beantown in terms of security.

Indians President Mark Shapiro told 21 News, "We, every single day, remain committed to our fans, security and safety, that's the environment we look to build at progressive field. When situations like this occur we look to create a heightened state of security not just here but throughout all public venues."

And you could see that heightened sense of security throughout the ball park. Plenty of officers and K-9 units were very visible especially around the entrances. It's something we should all get used to seeing and that's probably a good thing.

 

 

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