About 24 hours ago, the city of Boston was changed forever. On Patriots' Day—a day that's usually reserved for Boston Red Sox baseball, the Boston Marathon, and a whole lot of Boston pride—two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon on Boylston Street in the Copley Square section of the city. Since then, three people have died, more than 150 people have been treated for injuries, and the entire nation has wondered how and why something like this could happen.
The sports world has, more or less, been put on hold for the last day. Sure, there have been a number of major sporting events that have taken place. But most sports talk radio shows have put their usual debates aside for the day and instead focused on the tragedy that took place in Boston. Sports reporters have put their notebooks and tape recorders down and told tales about covering the Boston marathon in the past. And those who participate in sports have taken to Twitter to send their condolences to those affected by the act of terrorism that hit Boston. Sports Illustrated is even putting sports on the back burner for the next week and devoting their entire next issue to Boston.
Truthfully, it's been a lot to take in at one time. There have been so many details surrounding the bombings at the Boston Marathon that it's been a little bit difficult to keep up with it all. So we put together this post to give you a better sense of exactly how the sports world as a whole has reacted to the Boston Marathon tragedy. Photos featuring reactions from sports publications, sports teams, and athletes themselves can be found in the thumbs gallery above, while tweets from athletes (and two awesome tweets from the New York Yankees) can be found embedded below. This is how the sports world has reacted to one of the biggest sports-related tragedies to ever hit this country.
Sending prayers out for Boston— Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) April 15, 2013
Sending my prayers out...— Mike Vick (@MikeVick) April 15, 2013
Praying for everyone at the Boston Marathon.— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) April 15, 2013
Prayers out to all of those affected by Boston Marathon Tragedy— Jose Bautista(@JoeyBats19) April 15, 2013
Prayers goes out to those involved/hurt in #BostonMarathon. WTF is wrong with people man. Just sad— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 15, 2013
The craziness of this world....smh#PrayersForBoston— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) April 15, 2013
All positive thoughts and prayers going out to those affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy. #PrayForBoston— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) April 15, 2013
Wow can't believe what just happened at the Boston Marathon. Praying for everyone down there.— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) April 15, 2013
Praying deeply for ALL those affected by the tragedy in Boston. Thinking of you all & your families.— Steven Jackson (@sj39) April 15, 2013
Prayers go out to all those in the Boston area.#BostonMarathon What has this world come to?— Jerry Rice (@JerryRice) April 15, 2013
Our thoughts are with the Boston community. Tonight there will be a special moment of silence & Fenway favorite Sweet Caroline @ end of 3rd.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 16, 2013