Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon played seven seasons with the Red Sox and lived above the popular steakhouse Abe and Louie's, where one of the explosions took place. He carried a blank look on his face as he shared his thoughts before Monday's game against the Reds.
"It's sad, man," he said. "Patriots' Day is a big thing in Boston, Sox play at 11 o'clock. It's all ruined. Families are ruined, lives are ruined. For what? It's just sad.
"I'm looking at it right now, and I'm like, damn, I used to live right there."
Papelbon said he has tried to contact people in Boston, but he has had no luck.
"It's kind of surreal," Papelbon said. "I don't know man, it's crazy. It's hard to even think about. … Hopefully, the city can rally and make things better, but it's going to be tough."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.