Suspect No. 2 will likely never experience freedom again after allegedly murdering four people and injuring 176 more in Monday’s Boston Marathon Bombings and Friday’s wide-scale manhunt.
The suspect, a 19-year-old naturalized American citizen, will face either the death penalty at the federal level or life in prison at the state level. His older brother, Suspect No. 1, is already dead after getting gunned down by authorities early Friday morning.
The brothers and their wicked ideology are allegedly responsible for destroying too many lives, lives that represent our freedom and American values.
But in the wake of this unspeakable tragedy, American sports fans have joined together to embrace the Bostonians who celebrated in the streets following Suspect No. 2’s capture. And in a culture that seems to promote dislike for other schools, towns and teams when it comes to sports, witnessing the support is quite uplifting despite it following something so terribly depressing.
On Friday night, the news traveled fast to ballparks across the nation after Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweeted “We got him.”
In Arlington, Texas Rangers fans danced along to the Boston Red Sox’s unofficial anthem “Sweet Caroline” — a song played at other ballparks last Tuesday, even Yankee Stadium. In addition, chants of “USA, USA!” erupted at other stadiums across the sports spectrum.
On Saturday, the Red Sox returned to the field at Fenway Park and wore alternative home uniforms with Boston on the jersey front (where Red Sox usually is). And at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins wore “Boston Strong” black and gold T-shirts, which are being sold to fans for a charity (OneFund) that supports victims of the bombings.
Additionally, the Rangers are holding a blood drive today and will accept donations to help the victims of the plant explosion in West.
Sometimes sports aren’t valued as being serious or meaningful, but they’ve always played a major role in uniting people following tragedy. One of the most dramatic examples occurred 12 years ago at the Texas A&M-Oklahoma State football game, when more than 70,000 fans turned Kyle Field red, white and blue following the Sept. 11 attacks.
There’ve been many more instances of sports fans and teams uniting to support their American brethren, of course.
So please, the next time you refer to your feelings about a rival team stay away from the word “hate.” That’s should be reserved for the alleged mindsets of Suspect No. 1 and Suspect No. 2.