Red Sox honor Marathon anniversary

The Red Sox held a pregame ceremony on Sunday to recognize the events surrounding last year’s Boston Marathon.
Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff
The Red Sox held a pregame ceremony on Sunday to recognize the events surrounding last year’s Boston Marathon.

The Red Sox held a ceremony before Sunday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park to recognize the events surrounding the Boston Marathon last year.

Governor Deval L. Patrick, Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, former mayor Thomas M. Menino, and former Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis were among the participants.

As the University of Massachusetts-Amherst band played “Highland Cathedral” with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police bagpipes and drums and the Stuart Highlanders, police officers, medical professionals, victims of the bombing, Marathon runners, and Marathon volunteers came onto the field from various entrances.


The group included Carlos Arredondo, Heather Abbott, Jeff Bauman, the Corcoran family, Patrick Downes, Marc Fucarile, and Jessica Kensky. Dick and Rick Hoyt led the group of runners out.

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The warning track was ringed with banners expressing support from other states and other teams.

James Gallagher, the president of One Fund Boston, threw out the first pitch to David Ortiz.

Three other Boston business leaders instrumental in forming the One Fund — Jack Connors, Karen Kaplan, and Mike Sheehan — were at the mound when Gallagher threw the pitch.

As players from both teams lined up on the baselines for the ceremony, the family of Lingzi Lu announced “play ball” to the crowd.


“There’s certainly a recognition of what this weekend represents in Boston and what we experienced a year ago,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “The overriding thing is that we all feel a greater sense of pride having been part of a community that rallied around a tragic event, and on some small level we were part of the healing process.

“Hopefully [Monday] is another day of healing.”

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