Current and former Red Sox players react to Boston Marathon explosions

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

Before the first explosion, it was a great day in Boston. It was Patriots Day, an annual holiday that aligns with the Boston Marathon and a Red Sox home game to give way to a city-wide celebration. School is out. People are off work. Many baseball fans traditionally walk to the marathon's finish line after leaving Fenway Park.

The Red Sox had won their game in fantastic fashion. A bottom of the ninth walk-off double by Mike Napoli, smacked off the Green Monster, gave the Red Sox a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Celebrations ensued and most certainly spilled out into the Boston streets.

Forty minutes later, the first explosion came. And then another. Right there, near the finish line of the marathon as people were crossing. Authorities are still putting together the pieces — how many died, how many were injured, who was responsible — but it was quite obvious the sporting world, and America as a whole, were shook.

Athletes, teams and fans took to Twitter to share condolences. Because it's 2013 and, for better or worse, that's what we do now. Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks — like most of America, probably — seemed to get more upset as the day went on.

The Red Sox and Rays players, according to USA Today, were still at the stadium when the explosion occurred. Both teams were getting ready to leave Boston. The Red Sox play three games in Cleveland starting Tuesday. Their next scheduled home game is Friday night against the Kansas City Royals, the start of a 10-game homestand. Evan Drellich of reports the Red Sox's travel plans aren't expected to be interrupted.

In Los Angeles, the police department announced it would increase security at sporting events, including Monday night's Dodgers-Padres game. There was a moment of silence before Monday's Chicago White Sox/Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto. Beyond baseball, the Boston Bruins postponed their Monday night hockey game.

When President Obama spoke to the nation on Monday afternoon, his address played on the scoreboard during batting practice at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, where the Reds were getting ready to play the Philadelphia Phillies. "Place was hushed," said Jim Salisbury of

Jonathan Papelbon, who played seven seasons with the Red Sox and is now with the Phillies, used to live above Abe and Louie’s steakhouse in Boston's Copley Square. One of the explosions occurred in front of the steakhouse. Papelbon told's Todd Zolecki:

“It’s sad, man,” he said. “Patriot’s Day is a big thing in Boston. Sox play at 11 o’clock. It’s all ruined. Families are ruined, lives are ruined. For what? It’s just sad. I’m looking at it right now and I’m like, damn, I used to live right there.”

Here are a sampling of other reactions from current and former Red Sox players about the scene in Boston today:

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