08:13 AM ET 04.16 | When tragedy struck on Patriots' Day in Boston, lives changed in an instant. The aftermath means anguish and hardship for the victims and their families, along with far-reaching uncertainty for the United States and world. This is not at all a sports story ... and yet, on a very basic level, it is. ... The Red Sox could play a unique role in the development of civic resolve. They are more closely associated with Patriots' Day than the other pro teams, because their early start is designed to allow fans to exit the ballpark and watch the leading runners pass through Kenmore Square. The bombings were an attack on their sacrosanct day, too. And while marathoners must wait until next April to defiantly weave through Boston's streets, baseball is played on the same interval at which the city will cope: daily.