CHICAGO -- The Rangers had an off-day in Boston last year on the day of the Boston Marathon. The team hotel is a part of Copley Square, so manager Ron Washington wandered down to Boylston to experience the Marathon.
Washington watched from a spot approximately 200 yards from the finish line. That's where two bombs exploded on Monday during this year's running of the Marathon.
"I was right there by the entrance to the mall," Washington said. "I always wander down there, just hang out right there. I don't know how people can take out innocent people. ... I mean innocent people. What message does that send?"
Derek Lowe pitched for the Red Sox from 1997-2004, and said the images from Monday's tragedy hit home.
"You can physically put yourself there. ... I know exactly where that was," Lowe said. "I know how important that day is to the city. You play at 11 o'clock in the morning, people go out and watch the end of the Marathon and either the Bruins or the Celtics play that night. It's normally a joyful time. A lot of my friends go watch the Marathon. It's always a sad situation when things like this happen. It's still going to be a great day for the city."
The Marathon is always held on the Massachusetts holiday of Patriots' Day, celebrating the 1775 victory by the Minuteman over the British at Lexington and Concord.
"It's always a unique day, but it's one of the days you get excited for because there is such a buzz, so many people in one area," Lowe said. "You know it's going to be hectic and traffic, but you look forward to it because there is such a buzz."
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