OAKLAND -- Though more than 2,500 miles removed from the horrific scenes in Boston on Monday, several A's players expressed deep concern over those affected by the tragedy.
Perhaps no one else was attached to the news more, though, than first baseman Nate Freiman, who grew up in Wellesley, Mass., the halfway point of the Boston Marathon.
Freiman and his family always picked out a spot downtown to watch runners make their way through the area each year, before making their way to Fenway Park for the Red Sox's annual 11 a.m. Patriots' Day contest.
"It's such a huge deal, a big day there," said Freiman, who was in constant contact with friends and family members all day. "It's just awful what's happened."
Manager Bob Melvin played in the Patriots' Day game with Boston in 1993 and, he also stressed the significance of a day that might not ever be remembered the same way, saying, "It's a big deal, a real big deal there."
"Obviously, our hearts go out to everyone in Boston," he said. "These are the really impactful days, when you realize just how insignificant what we're doing is. Those are real-life situations that hit you pretty hard. Just awful, and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that had to go through that."
The A's placed extra security in and around the confines of the Coliseum on Monday night, with several police dogs seen patrolling the park during batting practice.
"You want to be able to go about your everyday life," Melvin said, "but you can't help but think about what did happen and feel for those people in Boston."