Right-hander Derek Lowe spent eight seasons playing in Boston, and hasn’t lost touch with many of the friends he made outside of the game who still live there and spent part of their day Monday taking in the Boston Marathon.
Lowe spent much of the Rangers’ off day contacting those friends to make sure they weren’t affected by the two explosions near the finish line that killed three people and injured more than 100 more.
“You can physically put yourself there, and I know how important that day is to the city of Boston,” Lowe said. “No one I know is impacted by it. That’s a good thing. It’s always a sad thing when something like this happens.”
Left-fielder David Murphy was in the Red Sox organization and spent only a small amount of time in the city before he was traded to the Rangers in 2007. But it doesn’t take a direct link to Boston to feel for the city and the victims.
“It hurts your heart when you see something like that,” he said. “We live in a world where some pretty scary things happen. It's just a shame that people continue to hurt one another.”
The Rangers, whose team hotel is near the finish line, played in the annual Patriots Day game in 2008 and were off that day in Boston in 2010 and 2012. Manager Ron Washington said that he ventured into the crowds last year to see the marathon.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been down by the finish line,” he said.
“I don’t know how people can just take out innocent people or what message gets sent.”
Said Murphy: “It’s been cool to be at the hotel and see runners who have finished the race and are exhausted but have completed one of the things that is a dream from them. It's a big deal. It's just a shame that something that is so historic is now going to be associated with terror and fear."
-- Jeff Wilson