The parents of Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Sam Fuld were near the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon when the first of two deadly bombs exploded.
In a phone interview from the Rays' team hotel in Baltimore Sam Fuld said his parents, Amanda and Ken, had watched the Rays' 3-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park earlier in the afternoon and were walking back to their hotel in Copley Square. They approached the race's finish line but found the area too crowded, so they ducked down a side street.
"They were about 50 yards away. The actually heard it, saw it," Fuld said. "They saw people running away. It was pure chaos. At first they didn't know what was happening, then a cop came by and said, 'This is the real deal. This isn't a false alarm.' Obviously, he was right."
Fuld and the rest of the team were still in the visiting clubhouse, preparing to catch the team bus that would take them to Logan Airport for the charter flight to Baltimore.
The team didn't learn of the explosion until the bus was pulling away from the stadium.
Fuld said the bus driver told those sitting near the front that there had been an explosion at the marathon finish line and word trickled to the back of the bus.
Fuld said the news cleared up a text he had just received from his sister, Annie, asking if he was all right.
"After the fact I figured it out," Fuld said.
Fuld said his parents, who live in New Hampshire and were in town for the holiday weekend series, are unharmed, though the incident certainly put the Rays' current losing streak into a different light.
"It puts a lot of things into perspective," he said. "It almost feels like my parents missing a flight on (Sept. 11, 2001)."