COMMENTARY | The Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians last night. The final score was 7-2. However, it didn't matter. The Red Sox could've lost by 45 runs and it wouldn't have mattered. What mattered was playing the game. It was being on the field for three and half hours, playing America's pastime. It was one of the first steps of getting back to normalcy for millions affected by the tragedy on Patriots' Day.
The hours following the Boston Marathon terrorist attack saw the altering of the schedule of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. The Bruins were scheduled to play Monday night against Ottawa. The game ended up being rescheduled. The Celtics - Indiana Pacers game originally scheduled for Tuesday night was outright cancelled. It came as no surprise that these games were altered, considering how fresh the attacks still are in Boston.
The Red Sox gave an incredible gift to their fanbase Tuesday night: distraction. For a few hours, fans were able to put the awful images, endless hours of watching CNN, and plenty of unanswered questions to the side and watch good old baseball.
Sure, it was a road game, but it doesn't matter. Even if people missed the broadcast of the game, it provided something to read about in the local paper the next day that doesn't bring up images of carnage and destruction.
Sports is truly the ultimate distraction. Simply defined it's a game. And a game is something that distracts us from the real world. Whether it was Germany vs. Great Britain on the soccer field during the 1914 World War I Christmas Day Truce, or when teams took the field for the first time after the September 11 attacks, sports have a way a letting us forget about the instability surrounding us, even if it's just for a day or even a few minutes.
Sports also has the ability to bring us together. The examples of that in the last few days are extraordinary. There were moments of silence throughout the sports world on Monday and Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune paid homage to all of the professional Boston sports teams and fans, the New York Yankees played Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" in honor of Bostonians, and athletes from all over took to Twitter to send their best.
It has been overwhelming to see the support from all over and just shows how sports can bring us all together, no matter our background.
The Red Sox won Tuesday night. Mike Napoli hit two doubles and drove in two runs. Jonny Gomes walked three times. Jacoby Ellsbury stole a base. Felix Doubront picked up the win, going his usual five innings. The bullpen continued to roll right through. And, Red Sox fans even got the bonus of seeing old friend Terry Francona manage against his former team. While all of that is well and good, none of that mattered. What mattered was seeing the Red Sox back on the field, just like it will be tonight when the Bruins host the Buffalo Sabres. Boston sports are back, and the fans never left.
They say time heals all wounds, and it may be true. However, it's sports that keep us distracted during the process.
Chris Sedenka is a Yahoo! Contributor in Sports covering the Boston Red Sox.You can listen to his daily radio show on 96.3FM in Portland, ME or at thebigjab.com. He is also the voice of the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League.
You can follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisSedenka.
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