After an emotional roller coaster of a week, the Red Sox weren't quite sure what Saturday would bring at Fenway Park.
"I didn't know what to expect," said Jonny Gomes. "What I did feel today I've never felt before."
An emotional pregame ceremony left few dry eyes.
"A moment of silence for the people who aren't here, to a couple seconds later applauding the heroes, and then a baseball game breaks out," said Gomes as he recalled each aspect of the pregame events.
For Clay Buchholz, it was difficult to keep himself composed for the game at hand.
"Pretty emotional," said Buchholz of the atmosphere. "It's at times tough to restrain yourself. It was awesome that that game could've been finished that way. I don't think you could've written it any better."
Baseball is still just a game, but on Saturday it was clear it meant a little more to both the players and the fans.
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