Two years ago today, on April 15, 2013, Boston was shaken by a horrific bombing at the annual Boston Marathon. The city came together in many heartfelt ways in the aftermath, both immediately afterward and in the following months, and has once again done so at Fenway Park in honor of the two-year anniversary.
The Red Sox got things going by having survivors of the bombing and first responders yell out "Play ball!" while Jeff Bauman and Patrick Downes -- both of whom lost legs in the bombing -- threw out the first pitch to begin the game.
Then, at 2:49 in the afternoon, a tribute and moment of silence occurred.
The Red Sox have handled this tragedy well from the start, and they've treated it with the respect it deserves for the last two years. It doesn't erase the pain of that day, but their continued remembrance is appreciated just the same.