A's players reflect on Boston Marathon tragedy
A’s first baseman Brandon Moss spent his first two big league seasons with the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
OAKLAND – The after-effects of Monday’s tragic events at the Boston Marathon were being felt across the country in the A’s clubhouse.
Rookie first baseman Nate Freiman grew up in the Boston suburb of Wellesley, and his parents and brother still live there. He said he tried to avoid the TV Monday afternoon and not be exposed to the destruction caused by two explosions near the race’s finish line that reportedly killed three people.
“The marathon went right through my town,” Freiman said. “We watched every year.”
To his knowledge, no one he knew was planning to attend the marathon in person.
“It’s just a scary time and my thoughts go out to everyone,” Freiman said.
Players showed up to the Coliseum likely assuming they would get questions about Jackie Robinson, who was honored throughout the major leagues Monday for his historic feat in breaking baseball’s color barrier 66 years ago.
They couldn’t have known they would also field questions about something much more somber.
A’s first baseman Brandon Moss spent his first two big league seasons with the Red Sox in 2007 and 2008. Though he lived in Providence, R.I., during that time, he’s quite familiar with the Back Bay section of Boston where the explosions took place.
“I love that city,” Moss said. “I loved it when I was there. Just knowing what that event’s for, and what this day means for that part of the country. … It’s senseless and it’s sad. At the same time, it’s not even surprising. I’m sure as time goes on and everything keeps going the way it’s going, it’s going to happen more and more often. My thoughts and prayers are with all those people.”
The A’s held a moment of silence to acknowledge the tragedy before the first pitch of Monday’s series opener against the Houston Astros. The team sent out this statement regarding its own security procedures regarding Monday night’s game:
“Certainly there is heightened awareness. We will continue our normal game-day security procedures, which include hand-checking all bags brought into the Coliseum. Beyond that, we are working with our in-house security and the Oakland Police, and reminding our game-day and full-time employees to be extra observant.”
Oakland manager Bob Melvin spent the 1993 season as a catcher with the Red Sox and he makes his offseason home in New York. Monday’s events hit home with him.
“Those are real-life situations that hit you pretty hard,” Melvin said. “It’s just awful. Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody that had to go through that.”