In light of the fact that authorities are still searching for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, both the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins have postponed their games against the Kansas City Royals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, respectively.
It would have been the Red Sox first game at Fenway Park since Monday afternoon. Their Patriots Day game against the Tampa Bay Rays which began at 11:05 a.m. concluded shortly before the bombings took place. The team then travelled to Cleveland for a three game series against the Indians before returning to Boston last night.
As for the Bruins, it is the second time this week they have postponed a game. Their Monday night game against the Ottawa Senators was called off. They were, however, able to host an emotional game against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
The Bruins-Penguins game has been tenatively re-scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Red Sox have made no announcement about re-scheduling tonight's game although presumably a doubleheader would be played either on Saturday or Sunday (provided that Tsarnaev is captured or killed). It is the Royals only trip to Fenway in the 2013 season.
I realize sporting events are trivial when it comes to matters of life and death. On the other hand, they can do wonder's for a beleaguered city's spirit.
I've been watching coverage of this for more than 9 hours straight. Assuming Tsarnaev isn't captured or killed by 7 p.m., I'm going to watch the Braves-Pirates game. I'll check on things between innings but I am going to need a respite. I know I am not alone.