Last evening, in the moments just before the Boston Red Sox secured their franchise's eighth World Series title, I sent the following message to my FaceBook friends:
"Closing The Loop: I made a deliberate choice to watch the 9th inning at Boloco on Boylston Street. It is the place where I watched the TV coverage of the Marathon bombing. It is equidistant between Fenway Park and the Marathon Finish Line."
Once I had seen Big Papi receive the MVP trophy in honor of his historic performance in the 2013 World Series, I felt a compunction to head to the Boston Marathon Finish Line a few blocks away. I was one of thousands who felt that same draw. When I arrived at the spot in front of the Boston Public Library, I found this iconic image. Someone had carefulyl laid a Red Sox jersey atop the Boston Marathon logo at the Finish Line. How apropos! The Red Sox this year - as individuals and as a team- have been a significant part of the healing of the city from the events of the Marathon bombings. The two athletic events have long been tied together on Patriots Day. They are even more tightly entwined now.
This was far more than a victory for a baseball team. This was the apotheosis our our deepening our ties to one another as a community.