About an hour before Friday's doubleheader, Chris Dwyer was one of a handful of Omaha Storm Chasers scattered around the team's clubhouse watching TV coverage of the manhunt for one of the Boston Marathon bombers.
Dwyer is pretty familiar with many of the locations that were being shown. He's from the Boston area.
“They're talking about areas that you know pretty well,” Dwyer said. “It's something that you know the police will take care of and hopefully everything works out.”
Dwyer, a 25-year-old left-hander, is from Swampscott, Mass., about 15 to 20 minutes north of Boston. Much of Friday's events were centered around Watertown, Mass., which is about 20 minutes west of Boston.
“I never really go over there,” Dwyer said.
It's been a surreal week.
Shortly after Dwyer pitched seven strong innings to pick up the win Monday against Nashville, he and his teammates learned about the bombings near the finish line at the Boston Marathon.
Dwyer said his sister, Lexi, had watched part of the marathon and had returned home about an hour before the bombs detonated. Dwyer said he didn't think she had watched near the finish line, where the bombs were planted.
His sister lives in Boston's north end.
“She said it's pretty crazy with everything shut down,” Dwyer said. “It's pretty intense.”
The Chasers were about to take the field Friday while the manhunt was still ongoing. Police soon after found and arrested the suspected bomber.
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