The Boston Red Sox are in Cleveland, starting a three-game series against the Indians. So there was no worry whether, in the aftermath of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox should play Tuesday at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox did, however, have a public event scheduled for Wednesday: A free, all-day open house at Fenway where kids and families could tour the stadium, visit the dugouts and clubhouses, meet old players and walk along the warning track.
Understandably, the event has been postponed by the Red Sox and will be rescheduled for later in the season. Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino said this in a statement:
"We all personally feel the grief of the horrifying tragedy that struck our community on Patriots' Day. Our hearts are with our fellow Bostonians and visitors from around the world who were here for one of Boston's most spectacular and time-honored events. In the coming days, we will join with others to find ways to show the victims of this heartless, cowardly act our sincere support, and to demonstrate to all, our community's unity, strength and resilience."
The Red Sox are back home on Friday to start a 10-game homestand against the Kansas City Royals. More from Lucchino:
"Fan safety has been and will continue to be of paramount importance. The club's security personnel will continue to work vigorously with Major League Baseball security, and federal, state and local law enforcement authorities to maintain and reinforce the high level of security already in place at Fenway Park."
On a tangent, the sports page of today's Chicago Tribune seems like something worth sharing here, as the nation mourns.
The Red Sox and the Indians play Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET. It'll be Indians manager Terry Francona's first game against his former team — a tidbit that will be overshadowed by the tragic events that happened Monday in Boston.