Freiman, who grew up in Wellesley, Mass., hit his first major league home run Monday night for the A’s. That came just hours after explosions at the Boston Marathon finish line turned the city upside down. Freiman is no stranger to the Marathon and Patriots’ Day, as he grew up right near the race route.
It made for day and a night filled with emotions for the 26-year-old.
“It was bittersweet,” he said, according to the Oakland Tribune. “I grew up about the halfway point of the marathon. Every Patriot’s Day we used to go out there and watch the runners.
“It was a great night here. But Boston is in our prayers.”
Freiman also said that his family and friends were unharmed.
See Freiman’s memorable blast by clicking here. You can also see it below during an interview with the fan who caught the tater.
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(Tip of the cap to Larry Brown Sports for this.)