When El Oso Blanco — real name, Evan Gattis — rose from his stance and knocked in that base runner, I stood to cheer. And I noticed, scattered across every section of the ballpark, other Braves fans stood, too. Together, we cheered for the run he had knocked in, for the story he continued to write, for the place he represented.
On April 20, the Red Sox returned to Boston for their first home game since the blast. I couldn’t be at the stadium to listen firsthand. But even through a small set of computer speakers, I could hear the roar of a proud city, sunk low into the dirt but ready to come up swinging. And though far away, I knew I wasn’t the only one who stood to cheer with them.
Jerry Logan is the academic programs coordinator at Gordon College. He and his wife live in Beverly.