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It's been a wicked good year for the Boston Red Sox, tonight they'll play in game one of the World Series against the national league champion St. Louis Cardinals, the same team they swept to "reverse the curse" back in 2004.
But it was a year that began with an unimaginable tragedy.
Just moments after the final out of their Patriots Day game at Fenway in April, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon just a few blocks away. All of a sudden, surgeons were battling wounds usually only seen in combat. Three lives were lost that day – 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, 8-year-old Martin Richard, and 23-year-old Lu Lingzi.
Then there was the manhunt that virtually shut down the entire city of Boston, and forced the Red Sox and Bruins to postpone their games. The search left bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev dead, along with MIT officer Sean Collier, and led to the capture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Just today, the government confirmed that the dead brother, Tamerlan, was also implicated in a 2011 triple murder in Waltham, Massachusetts, another gruesome incident in which three people had their throats slashed. CNN's Susan Candiotti first reported this back in May, quoting a federal law enforcement official. The government is only going on the record with it now.
But through all of this, including the sad news today, that a young teacher was murdered just north of Boston, the city and their beloved Sox remained Boston strong.
Victims are learning to walk and run again on their prosthetic legs. And the Red Sox are playing for a title.
CNN's Andy Scholes looks at how this fall classic is bigger than the game.