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It’s been a year since bombs and blood in the streets shattered one of New England’s treasured civic celebrations.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the lessons of the Boston Marathon bombings as this year’s race approaches.

On occasion the best way to pick up Rhode Island political tidbits is to head to Boston, specifically to Fenway Park on the afternoon of the home opener, aka the Big Papi show.

As usual, former Providence Democratic state and devout Sawx fan Rep. Peter Wasylyk was in his seat near the first base line cheering on the team. During a brief conversation, he confirmed that he is going back to the Statehouse to become legal counsel to the new House Majority Leader, Rep. John DeSimone, D-North Providence.

The Red Sox duck boat parade streamed through the streets of Boston  as fans by the hundreds of thousands lined up to cheer on the improbable dream team that won the 2013 World Series.

While no athletic accomplishment can ever leaven the horror of the Boston Marathon bombings for survivors and the still-suffering families shattered by this cowardly act of terrorism, it was nonetheless grand to see the simple majesty of a gesture made at the road race finish line by Red Sawx players.

The Boston Red Sox, New England’s most beloved sports team, are the world champions of baseball. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what we can learn from these men who played a boys game with joy.

Fifty years ago, the French-born cultural historian Jacques Barzun wrote a lyrical paean to baseball. His most noted passage was that ``whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball, the rules, and reality of the game.’’

Tomorrow’s game at Fenway Park is the crucial one in this World Series. It is an advantage for Boston that the Old Towne Team has two games to win one; the Cahdinals backs are against the proverbial wall.

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