ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Rays had just blown a great opportunity to beat a division opponent. The Boston Red Sox answered the Rays' ninth inning run with one of their own to notch a walk-off win on Patriot's Day, the city's cherished holiday.
Twenty minutes later, just a few miles up the road from Fenway Park, runners were crossing the finish line at the annual Boston Marathon when a pair of intense explosions sent spectators and participants to the ground in agony.
The death and injury counts continue to rise after another awful attack less than 12 years after the world-altering terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Rays television play-by-play voice Dewayne Staats, who has been with the team since its inaugural season in 1998, was sitting in the Fenway broadcast booth at the time. A phone call came into the booth describing the events just one mile from the team's hotel.
The game ended around 2:30 p.m. and the team had planned to depart Fenway at 3:05. The buses were going to take them to the airport so that they could begin the flight to Baltimore to face the Orioles on Tuesday.
The Rays arrived safely at their Baltimore hotel just after 7 p.m. Staats took time to describe the events of the afternoon from the team's perspective in a phone interview with 10 News Sports reporter Bobby Lewis.
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