How the sports community honored the Boston Marathon tragedy

As residents of Boston and the surrounding areas attempted to heal in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, two words brought everyone together and helped the process along — Boston Strong.

Those words were and continue to be a message of unity and defiance. A message that says they can handle anything thrown their direction and bounce back with the same strength and determination they’ve always had. It’s a powerful message, too, and no organization embraced it or embodied it more in the weeks and months that followed the tragedy than the eventual World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
Mark Townsend

Boston Strong: Red Sox ride wave of good feelings

Boston Red Sox's Koji Uehara throws during baseball practice Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox are preparing to play the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Runner carrying U.S. flag crosses the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the New York City Marathon in New York

A runner carrying the U.S. flag and wearing a t-shirt that says "Boston Strong" crosses the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the New York City Marathon in New York, November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS)

A fan wears a Boston Bruins jersey bearing the Boston area code and "Boston Strong," remembering the city's solidarity after the Boston Marathon bombing in April, before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks, Wednesday, June 19, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

With a "Boston Strong" sticker on the thigh covering of her prosthetic leg, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia, of Boston, walks between parallel bars at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Friday June 20, 2013, in Boston. Sdoia went back to the hospital to learn to walk with her new leg. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation Continues Day After Second Suspect Ap

WATERTOWN, MA - APRIL 20: Mike Coppola (L) and Eric Wayne run by Franklin Street with American flags and a 'Boston Strong' t-shirt on April 20, 2013 in Watertown, Massachusetts. A manhunt for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing ended after he was apprehended on a boat parked on a residential property in Watertown, Massachusetts. His brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was shot and killed after a car chase and shootout with police. The bombing, on April 15 at the finish line of the marathon, killed three people and wounded at least 170 (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Boston Red Sox Victory Parade

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Jonny Gomes #5 and Jarrod Saltalamacchia #39 of the Boston Red Sox lay the World Series trophy and the 'Boston Strong 617' jerseys onto the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)