It began in April, 2013, two bombs exploded at the end of the Boston Marathon killing 3 people and injuring more than 200. This evil act of terrorism shook Boston to its core.
It was members of one of Boston’s favorite teams “The Boston Red Sox” that rallied the city of Boston just one week after the tragedy. David Ortiz, Red Sox Designated Hitter, thanked Mayor Menino, Governor Deval Patrick, and all the police and firefighters for their roll in responding to the crisis. He ended his short speech with the words, “This is our #!@($ing city!” What he meant was, no one will take the city away from us. We are Boston and we are strong! This is in part how the term “Boston Strong” came to be.
What makes this story so amazing is that same year, the Red Sox put their performance on the field behind those words! You see, the Red Sox were actually picked to finish last in the standings in 2013. Amazingly, the team overcame those odds, prevailing over (on paper) superior teams, to win the 2013 World Series against the Cardinals!!!
The Red Sox and the city of Boston inspired each other in a partnership that gave us all the courage to move forward–one step at a time.
This is Our City How the 2013 Boston Red Sox Kept Boston Strong Book Review
This is Our City – How the Boston Red Sox Kept Boston Strong tells this important story so well. It has beautiful full page illustrations as well as real photographs of the Boston Red Sox. This book does a fine job showcasing the spirit and resiliency of the city of Boston and the Red Sox. The story in these pages will remind children that anything is possible with teamwork. You don’t need to be a Red Sox fan or a Bostonian to appreciate the fighting spirit that comes through in the book.
Another thing to love about this book is that a portion of the profits will be donated to the Jimmy Fund and the One Fund Boston charities. The holidays are coming. I can’t think of a better book for the Red Sox fan on your list!
About This is Our City
A few years back Marie Brown, Forever & Ever Books published the best best-selling children’s book 86 Years: The Legend of the Boston Red Sox. Recently, Marie published a companion book called This Is Our City: How The Boston Red Sox Kept Boston Strong. Written by Melinda Boroson and illustrated by Gary Phillips, This Is Our City and 86 Years give children, Red Sox fans and all Bostonians keepsake treasures to cherish for a lifetime.
This is Our City is available on Amazon.com for 16.35.
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