Boston Marathon victim and hero jointly throw out first pitch at Fenway

  • David Whitlock

In any tragedy, we love to hear of the heroes and frankly anything positive that might show that compassion and love for fellow man overshadows hate and violence.  Today at Fenway Park, a symbol of that took place as Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman and unlikely hero Carlos Arredondo jointly threw out the first pitch, to David Ortiz (who had some comments on the incident) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia did the honors of catching the ball and were more than humbled at the opportunity.  Courtesy of MLB.com

For those that didn’t follow this side story, Bauman was a spectator at the finish line (watching his girlfriend compete) and had his legs shredded by debris after the terrorist bombing.  To boot, he was near enough the perpetrator that he helped ID him to authorities in the hours and days that followed.  He might not have been able to do that without Carlos Arredondo, who leapt to a man in distress, hurled him in a wheelchair, and got him to immediate medical assistance, which was badly needed as his legs had been damaged to the point that amputation was the only option.  Arredondo saved his life.

Credit: Charles Krupa/AP

Heroism in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon tragedy
Credit: Charles Krupa/AP

To boot, Arredondo has srtuggled himself with violence and tragedy, having lost a son that is the same age as Bauman to the War in Iraq and another son to suicide.  For the full story, check out this People article.

But for one day, two complete strangers barely over a month ago, shared a moment that neither of them would have expected nor preferred.  Baseball has a way of healing, it certainly did after 9/11.  For a day, Bauman and Arredondo shine as triumph over tragedy and the world is a better place for knowing these two people.

-David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports)

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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