Boston Sports Reacts to Marathon Explosions on Twitter

Tragedy struck Monday, as a pair of explosions detonated near the Boston Marathon finish line this afternoon while runners finished the race.

The ramifications in the sporting world were swift. The explosions happened just minutes after a game between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. The NHL postponed the Boston Bruins’ home game Monday night against the Ottawa Senators. The NBA cancelled the Boston Celtics‘ home game against the Indiana Pacers outright, which was set for Tuesday night.

Boston, obviously, is a hub of talent in every sport, be it hockey, football, baseball, basketball or MMA.

Naturally, NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA and UFC stars were quick to react to the news. Past and present Red Sox stars came out in force to talk about the possible terrorist attack. Current Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon (who threw the final pitch to seal the Boston Red Sox’s 2007 World Series victory) was quick to send out his condolences.

Current Sox outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino had this to say:

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling chimed in as well:

Celtics players also reacted to the news.

Boston Bruin right wing Tyler Seguin, just hours before the tragedy, tweeted this:

It was followed shortly with this:

It was no less difficult for New England Patriots to deal with, as players came out with solemn messages.

The foremost organization in mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has deep roots in Boston. Former fighter and current analyst Kenny “Kenflo” Florian is a lifelong Bostonian, and was rightfully taken aback by the events:

New England native, and former UFC heavyweight champion, Tim Sylvia was equally shaken:

UFC President Dana White, a University of Massachusetts graduate who grew up around Boston, was disgusted by the news:

In addition to all this, Boston is also a hotbed for Olympians, particularly Judoka. Gold medalist Kayla Harrison has been Tweeting messages from city officials, and offered a concise message we should all heed:

For those who don’t know Boston and are unfamiliar with the Boston Marathon, it is legitimately a huge event that the entire city gets behind. This is truly a horrible turn of events.

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