Photos and Video: Boston Marathon Weekend at Fenway Park.

"Young fans reach for a baseball during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Young fans reach for a baseball during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A father holds his daughter up as they cheer during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A father holds his daughter up as they cheer during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hits a solo home run during the fourth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hits a solo home run during the fourth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox third baseman Brock holt dives for a ground ball during the sixth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox third baseman Brock holt dives for a ground ball during the sixth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans do the wave during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fans do the wave during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara jogs toward the mound during the ninth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara jogs toward the mound during the ninth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman walks alongside Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes before throwing batting practice to Gomes and Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, April 20, 2014."

“Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman walks alongside Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes before throwing batting practice to Gomes and Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, April 20, 2014.”

"Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman throws batting practice to Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross and outfielder Jonny Gomes at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, April 20, 2014."

“Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman throws batting practice to Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross and outfielder Jonny Gomes at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, April 20, 2014.”

"Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman reacts as he throws batting practice to Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross and outfielder Jonny Gomes at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, April 20, 2014."

“Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman reacts as he throws batting practice to Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross and outfielder Jonny Gomes at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Sunday, April 20, 2014.”

"Boston Marathon survivor Marc Fucarile prepares to enter the field during a ceremony recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Marathon survivor Marc Fucarile prepares to enter the field during a ceremony recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Marathon rescuer Carlos Arredondo waits to be introduced during a ceremony recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Marathon rescuer Carlos Arredondo waits to be introduced during a ceremony recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman and rescuer Carlos Arredondo are introduced during a ceremony recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman and rescuer Carlos Arredondo are introduced during a ceremony recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Marathon running duo Dick and Rick Hoyt are introduced alongside runners injured last year during a ceremony recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Marathon running duo Dick and Rick Hoyt are introduced alongside runners injured last year during a ceremony recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile kisses his son Gavin alongside his wife, Jen Regan, as they are introduced during a ceremony recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile kisses his son Gavin alongside his wife, Jen Regan, as they are introduced during a ceremony recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"An American flag is dropped over the Green Monster during a ceremony recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“An American flag is dropped over the Green Monster during a ceremony recognizing the Boston Marathon bombings before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after scoring the winning run on a throwing error in the ninth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-5."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after scoring the winning run on a throwing error in the ninth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-5.”

"Members of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after second baseman Dustin Pedroia scored the winning run on a throwing error in the ninth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-5."

“Members of the Boston Red Sox celebrate after second baseman Dustin Pedroia scored the winning run on a throwing error in the ninth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Red Sox won 6-5.”

"Members of the Hanscom Air Force base stand as an American flag is unfurled over the Green Monster during a pre-game ceremony before a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox. "

“Members of the Hanscom Air Force base stand as an American flag is unfurled over the Green Monster during a pre-game ceremony before a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014.”

"An American flag is unfurled over the Green Monster during a pre-game ceremony before a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014."

“An American flag is unfurled over the Green Monster during a pre-game ceremony before a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014.”

"A boy holds an American flag as it is unfurled over the Green Monster during a pre-game ceremony before a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014."

“A boy holds an American flag as it is unfurled over the Green Monster during a pre-game ceremony before a game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014.”

"A fan cheers as she holds her dog during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014."

“A fan cheers as she holds her dog during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia laughs after losing his bat during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia laughs after losing his bat during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the eighth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia dives as he tags catcher Steve Clevenger at second base during the eighth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia dives as he tags catcher Steve Clevenger at second base during the eighth inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014.”

"Fans hold a sign reading 'Boston Strong' during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014."

“Fans hold a sign reading ‘Boston Strong’ during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 21, 2014.”

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. There were lots of things happening at the park in what was overall quite a festive weekend.

It’s amazing to see what a difference just one year can make in people’s lives. Here are my photos and videos from all the highlights this weekend. 

Video: Boston Remembers at Marathon Bombing Memorial

I ventured down to Copley Square in Boston for the first time since covering the Marathon bombings the day they happened. I wasn’t sure what I’d find, but I knew there was a memorial there and that lots of people have been visiting it.

I’m still not sure what to think of it all. It’s a beautiful memorial, but I was struck by how normal life around it seemed. It’s a bit eerie knowing that so many people are going about their daily lives on Boylston Street, a place that was in absolute chaos just a few weeks ago.

I’m thankful to everyone in this video for their willingness to talk to me, and to Jim for his harmonica playing. They’re all great people who had unique stories to share from Marathon Monday.

As always, I welcome your thoughts, questions, criticisms, and compliments!

Thanks for watching.

Video: In Wake of Marathon Madness, Red Sox Ready American Flag.

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What a crazy several days here in Boston. It seems like every five minutes some other piece of news is breaking. It’s difficult to make any sense of all that’s going on, and being so close to everything that’s happening is a bit surreal. 

We’re all okay up here! Again, we’re touched by all the messages of support from friends and family. It’s these types of situations that bring out the best in people. 

I heard that the Boston Red Sox were gathering volunteers yesterday to prepare the giant American Flag to be dropped over the Green Monster during the pre-game ceremony at the team’s first game back in Boston since the attacks. Whether that happens today as originally planned or gets postponed is still unclear. Regardless, I wanted to shoot this flag rolling as a precursor to the game, which, given all that the city has been through, is poised to be quite a scene.  On hand for the rolling were several first responders to the bomb scenes on Marathon Monday, which you’ll see in the video.

As someone who is a part of the Boston media, I’ve found it a bit overwhelming to try and decide how to cover this massive story. I realized with this video piece, though, that baseball is what I know best and where my access is, and Red Sox related are the stories are the ones I can cover and cover well. 

So, this is an angle that’s positive and uplifting. In my opinion, that’s something we all need right now. 

Enjoy, and hopefully I’ll be back soon with some baseball photos!

Photos: Vigil Held for 8-Year-Old Marathon Victim.

April 16, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: From left, Conor Gillis, 4, his sister Emily Gillis, 7, of Dorchester, and their cousin Benjamin McCormick, 8, of Milton hold candles during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.(Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: From left, Conor Gillis, 4, his sister Emily Gillis, 7, of Dorchester, and their cousin Benjamin McCormick, 8, of Milton hold candles during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States:  A woman reacts during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.(Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A woman reacts during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States:  Locals hold up their candles in a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.(Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Locals hold up their candles in a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States:  Locals gather in a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.(Billie Weiss/Polaris)

April 16, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Locals gather in a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States:  A mother embraces her three children during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A mother embraces her three children during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States:  The sun sets as locals await a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: The sun sets as locals await a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States:  A candle is lit during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A candle is lit during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Jake Quigley, 7, of Dorchester, Massachusetts has his candle lit during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 16, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Jake Quigley, 7, of Dorchester, Massachusetts has his candle lit during a candlelight vigil at Garvey Park for Martin Richard, 8, who was killed yesterday in a bomb explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

Last night, I covered a community candlelight vigil for Martin Richard, an 8-year-old from Dorchester, Massachusetts who was one of three people killed in Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. 

There’s not much to say here. It’s an incredibly tragic occurrence. This was a beautiful coming together of community, and I’m glad I was there to get these images. 

Photos: Boston Marathon Bombings, Red Sox Win.

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia celebrates after scoring on a walk-off RBI double by first baseman Mike Napoli to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, April 16, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia celebrates after scoring on a walk-off RBI double by first baseman Mike Napoli to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, April 16, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino jumps into a pile of players as they celebrate after walk-off RBI double by first baseman Mike Napoli to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino jumps into a pile of players as they celebrate after walk-off RBI double by first baseman Mike Napoli to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"An American flag drops over the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 15, 2013 during a pre-game ceremony recognizing Patriot's Day."

“An American flag drops over the Green Monster at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 15, 2013 during a pre-game ceremony recognizing Patriot’s Day.”

"Members of the United States Air Force stand in left field at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 15, 2013 before a pre-game ceremony recognizing Patriot's Day."

“Members of the United States Air Force stand in left field at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 15, 2013 before a pre-game ceremony recognizing Patriot’s Day.”

"Fenway Park is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013."

“Fenway Park is shown during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013.”

"A young fan hits a beach ball during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A young fan hits a beach ball during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Jeff Mahoney and Althia Wait of Medford, Massachusetts, were married before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Jeff Mahoney and Althia Wait of Medford, Massachusetts, were married before a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans sing 'Sweet Caroline' during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fans sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans cheer during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fans cheer during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A vendor sells lemonade during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A vendor sells lemonade during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"A fan eats a Fenway Frank during a game between the Boston Red Sox at the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“A fan eats a Fenway Frank during a game between the Boston Red Sox at the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 16, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Shane Victorino is shown in the outfield grass during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Shane Victorino is shown in the outfield grass during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans crowd the Gate B food court at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013."

“Fans crowd the Gate B food court at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 15, 2013.”

"Members of the End Zone Militia pose for a photograph during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 15, 2013."

“Members of the End Zone Militia pose for a photograph during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts Monday, April 15, 2013.”

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A member of the Boston Police Department directs pedestrians outside Hynes Convention Center in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A member of the Boston Police Department directs pedestrians outside Hynes Convention Center in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

Boston, MA, April 15, 2013:  A Boston SWAT team member walks near the perimeter of Copley Square after two explosions were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.  (Photo by Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A Boston SWAT team member walks near the perimeter of Copley Square after two explosions were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

Boston SWAT team members patrol near the perimeter of Copley Square after two explosions were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.  (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Boston SWAT team members patrol near the perimeter of Copley Square after two explosions were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A woman cares for a Boston Marathon runner outside Hynes Convention Center after two explosions were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A woman cares for a Boston Marathon runner outside Hynes Convention Center after two explosions were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Boston Marathon volunteers leave the scene near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Boston Marathon volunteers leave the scene near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A Boston Marathon runner makes a phone call near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A Boston Marathon runner makes a phone call near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

Ambulances line the street near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Ambulances line the street near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis addresses the media at the Westin Hotel in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon.

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis addresses the media at the Westin Hotel in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Massachusetts Deval Patrick (right) watches as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis (left) addresses the media at the Westin Hotel in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Massachusetts Deval Patrick (right) watches as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis (left) addresses the media at the Westin Hotel in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A member of the Boston Police Department directs pedestrians outside the Westin Hotel in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A member of the Boston Police Department directs pedestrians outside the Westin Hotel in Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A pedestrian walks on Commonwealth Ave near Kenmore Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A pedestrian walks on Commonwealth Ave near Kenmore Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A member of the Boston Fire Department reacts in a firetruck after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: A member of the Boston Fire Department reacts in a firetruck after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Pedestrians walk near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Pedestrians walk near Copley Square after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Debris on Boylston Street is shown after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Debris on Boylston Street is shown after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Debris on Boylston Street is shown after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

April 15, 2013 – Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Debris on Boylston Street is shown after two bombs were detonated at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. (Billie Weiss)

It’s crazy how things can change so quickly. On Monday morning, I photographed the Red Sox pull-out an emotional, hard fought walk-off win over the Tampa Bay Rays. In the afternoon, I was photographing the aftermath of two bomb explosions that rocked the center of Boston at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring scores of others.

To be absolutely clear and upfront, I put lots of thought and consideration into how to display these photos, if even at all. Thankfully, I was nowhere near the finish line when the explosions happened, but some of these are still a bit tough to swallow. I also debated whether to post images from the Red Sox game. At a time like this, it’s hard to be sure if sports matter at all. But the Sox are a huge part of Boston. This city breathes baseball at this time of year, and so I think, given their emotional, late-inning win on Monday, the photos are both newsworthy and in acceptable taste. I also find it important to see how upbeat the atmosphere at the Park was, and how that all changed so swiftly.

Below is my account of yesterday’s unpredictable and tragic course of events:

We rarely get day games in baseball, and we almost never get morning games. That’s one of the many things that makes the Boston Red Sox season so special. Every year on Patriot’s Day and Marathon Monday, fans from all over fill the stadium for an 11:00 A.M. game. It’s a treat for families and friends who have the day off from work. This year was no exception.

I roamed the park for the majority of the game. Days like yesterday are more about the scene than the action anyway, so I wanted to document all that was going on. It’s funny, because I remember thinking to myself in the sixth or seventh inning that this was one of the happiest, most lively crowds I’ve ever seen at a game. As you’ll see from the photos above, kids were throwing beach balls and stuffing their faces with hot dogs, and older fans were partying in the bleacher seats. One couple even showed up to the game in full wedding garb. They had been married just hours before.

After the top of the ninth inning when the Tampa Bay Rays mounted a comeback to tie the game up, you’d have thought they would have sucked all life out of the place. But such was not the case, and the crowd rallied around the Sox as Dustin Pedroia sparked a rally with a walk and eventually scored the game winning run on an RBI double by Mike Napoli. It was the Sox’ second walk-off win in three games.

It wasn’t until two fellow photojournalists and I were finishing up our game edits in the office when we heard the news. I sat there, dumbfounded as I watched the breaking coverage on television. I think I stared at the same caption I was working on, trying to complete it for five minutes and not getting a single word out.

After several more minutes, it collectively sank in that we needed to get out there. We were three capable, talented photojournalists with gear ready, so we began to make our way downtown.

We shot what we saw along the way, but quickly found that we couldn’t get into the actual scene of the explosion. We thought we should try to get a vantage point from up high, so we went to the top floor of the Westin Hotel in Copley Square. After knocking on a few doors, we found some guests who were there and graciously let us into their room to shoot pictures out the window. They had a vantage point of the sites of both explosions, which you can see above. After filing pictures from their room, we went downstairs and happened to stumble into the end of the press conference with Governor Patrick and Police Commissioner Davis. 

When that was through, I made my way back home, shooting what I saw along the way, and called it a day. 

I’m lucky I wasn’t close. I’m lucky I didn’t see what the photojournalists near the finish line saw and photographed. It’s impossible for anyone to prepare for a situation like this. Say what you will about how the media has covered this story, or others similar to it. The good journalists out there do it right, and it’s times like these that show the importance and necessity of this profession. 

My heart goes out to everyone involved with the Marathon.