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April 18th, 2013
05:54 PM ET

Red Sox CEO: Baseball can help the community heal

President Obama said for millions of us, what happened on Monday in Boston is "personal." It certainly was for President and CEO of the Boston Red Sox, Larry Lucchino. Lucchino attended the interfaith service where the president spoke.

"He was pitch perfect," Lucchino said of Obama. "He inspired everyone, I think, to behave as well as we can in the days going forward, with as much inspiration as possible from the good works done by the people in Boston."

The Red Sox will play their first home game since the attacks Friday, and Lucchino said they are taking extra precautions.

"Baseball can play a role, as the Bruins and hockey did last night, in helping the community heal, helping it come together," said Lucchino.

"Tomorrow night is an opportunity for Boston to come together, and for us to pay a low-key tribute to the people who behaved so bravely, and to show support for the victims," said the Red Sox CEO.

Earlier this week, the New York Yankees paid tribute to Boston with a Fenway Park tradition, playing "Sweet Caroline" in the Yankee Stadium.

"It meant a great deal to us, the banner that they hung alongside Yankee Stadium saying "United We Stand," with the Red Sox logo
and the Yankee logo," said Lucchino of the rival team's gesture.

"It is really important and it may not seem like much of a gesture to those folks, but to us here realizing that they care enough, and think enough about us in Boston, it meant a great deal."

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