Cheered on by the roar of an appreciative crowd, Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman made their way across the field of Fenway Park on Tuesday night. These two men were forever changed by last month's Boston bombings. It's hard to forget the harrowing images in the aftermath of the bombings that showed Bauman, a healthy young man, shell-shocked, his lower legs in tatters. A blood-soaked Arredondo rushed to his side, appearing at one point to grasp the end of a vein protruding from Bauman's ruined legs.
Thankfully, it was a very different scene on Tuesday night. Arredondo wheeled Bauman to the mound, the young man beaming despite missing both legs from above the knee. From his wheelchair, Bauman threw out the ceremonial first pitch, while Arredondo watched from beneath his trademark cowboy hat.
The home team may have lost that night, but they witnessed a victory much bigger than baseball.