For Boston

I wanted to complain about the series with Seattle. I wanted to be upset that whoever decided to build Safeco field with a roof but no damn walls probably still has a job somewhere. I wanted to pout about the fact that this is a team that struggles when it is cold and the most meaningful baseball is usually played when the temp is on the wrong side of 50. 
I wanted to complain about the A’s. To point out the fact that they are having an incredible offensive start to their season and I still don’t have a clue how that’s the case. I wanted to whine about the fact that the Astros are the Astros and let the Angels back in a game, and Josh Hamilton got to enjoy a walk off win.

It’s sports and sometimes the best outlet to vent about things that aren’t really even problems, we just project them as so.

God, how silly that all seems today.

I watched with all of you today as the first tweets started to roll in. At first I checked the date and expected it to be a silly April Fools prank (albeit a belated one.) Then more and more reports started to come out.

Then Deadspin posted the picture.

I don’t ever know quite how to handle tragedy in situations like this. I know I try to remain respectful, but I’m glued to TV like a horrible train wreck. I simply spent the next four and a half hours watching the news, checking Twitter, desperate for information.

The reactions were pretty par for the course; shock gives way to sadness which in turn gives way to anger. Some people linger on each of those emotions. Personally all I can think about is the safety and wellbeing of the victims, because holy hell a kid died. There will be time to be angry, we’ll find someone to blame.

Just watching the video alone you can tell that first responders were ripping down the fence trying to get to victims to help before the smoke even cleared. Who knows if there was going to be another blast, another catastrophe, but humans find the good in them when other humans are down and we got to see a special kind of hero on display today, and that’s rare. Whoever is responsible for this did not succeed today, because when the unimaginable happened, we got stronger together.

As a side note I cannot imagine a city I would want to piss off less than Boston, but I digress.

As of writing this, I’m in front of my TV but I’m not watching the news. Instead I’m rather trigger-happy flipping between the Stars and the Mavs. I can’t tell you how I wish we had a Ranger game this evening.

Some people ask how one could possibly care about sports right now and they would have some ground to stand on, blood was spilled on domestic land today. But I need this, sports are an escape and I need my brain to get away, even if for a moment, so I don’t get lost in the despair.

This despicable act took place at a sporting event. It made sporting news. Yet I find comfort in the sporting events of the evening. Comfort in knowing that while the city of Boston is picking up the pieces, the country of America isn’t going to let a cowardly act paralyze us with fear. We pay our respect. We stand side by side as we get back up. We don’t stay down.

There will be countless stories coming about the efforts of so many true heroes that saved lives today. They should be lauded and praised.

Remember to take the time to differentiate between sports heroes and real heroes.

Mike McGehee is a co-founder and Senior Staff Writer for ShutDownInning. He is also the co-host of “Chin Music”. He can be reached at or on Twitter @SDIMikeMcGehee.

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