Bombing's shadow lingers as Boston prepares for World Series

Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:48pm EDT
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(Note: foul language, paragraph three)

By Scott Malone

BOSTON (Reuters) - This year's World Series has special significance for Boston Red Sox players and baseball fans, coming a little more than six months after the city was rocked by twin bombs that killed three and injured 264 at the Boston Marathon.

While the matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals has not captivated the city in quite the same way as the teams' 2004 contest, which brought Boston its first World Series win in 86 years, officials said the games will provide a much-needed boost following the April 15 attack.

Slugger David Ortiz, who rallied Bostonians with a defiant speech declaring "this is our fucking city" at the team's first home game after the attack, repeated that missive, in a more toned-down fashion, on Saturday night after the Red Sox clinched their spot in the series.

"This is our bleep city, Boston is strong," Ortiz told the crowd after the team defeated the Detroit Tigers to become American League champion.

Fans strolling by Boston's Fenway Park on Tuesday said a win of Major League Baseball's most prestigious trophy this year would carry extra heft.

"Because of everything that Boston has been through, it would be good to see them win," said Linda Provencal, a 64-year-old retiree who stopped off to buy souvenirs. "Boston has had a rough time."

Team officials said the players knew the city was counting on them for a boost.   Continued...

Oct 22, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chris Williams paints the World Series logo on the field during media day the day before game one of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports