Obama Celebrates Boston Sports

Posted April 2nd, 2014 at 2:46 pm (UTC-4)
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Red Sox slugger David "Big Papi" Ortiz presents a team jersey to President Obama. Photo: AP

Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz presents a team jersey to President Obama. Photo: AP

U.S. President Barack Obama recently celebrated two of Boston’s oldest and most cherished sporting traditions: its annual marathon and its eight-time World Series champion baseball team.

During a White House ceremony honoring the Boston Red Sox, President Obama credited the team with helping heal and unify a city scarred from last year’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

“Sometimes, sports seems like it’s trivial, it’s just an entertainment,” said the President. “And then, every once in a while, you’re reminded that sports represents something else and it has the power to bring people together like almost nothing can.”

Running shoes memorial near finish line of 2013 Boston Marathon

Running shoes memorial near finish line of 2013 Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon and the Boston Red Sox have brought people together for more than 100 years. The marathon was first run in 1897, and the baseball team began playing games four years later, in 1901.

President Obama said in winning the 2013 World Series title, the Red Sox played an essential role in renewing the spirit of Boston, and that spirit will be on full display April 21st: “The world will return to Boston and run harder than ever and cheer louder than ever for the 118th Boston Marathon.”

2014BostonMarathonLogoThe Boston Marathon is run annually on the Patriots’ Day holiday in Massachusetts, and as part of the festivities, the Red Sox traditionally play a home game at Fenway Park.

When the Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles April 21st, there will surely be loud cheers at Fenway Park, as well as on Boylston Street, where thousands of runners from all over the world will cross the finish line for what promises to be a very emotional 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

Sonny Young
Since 1999, host Sonny Young has delighted listeners and viewers with a lively presentation that combines humor, props, sound effects and correspondent reports from Africa and all over the globe.

3 Responses to “Obama Celebrates Boston Sports”

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  2. Ashenafi Abedje says:

    Great article Sonnyman. But wait, you forgot to note an important fact. Who won the Boston Marathon last year ?? Once again, an ETHIOPIAN. And guess what…if they don’t go on vacation, those Ethiopians will be crowned champions AGAIN this year. Go Sonny !

  3. Sonny, sports plays a major role in uniting people.I think is next to religion, in it people are happy and free with each other.

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