Duquette thankful that family members safe in Boston
Ex-wife was a volunteer at finish line of marathon; uninjured after incident
BALTIMORE -- Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette's ex-wife, Sharon, was a volunteer at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and fortunately was not injured in Monday's tragic events.
Duquette -- who served as Boston's general manager for eight seasons -- has a lot of family still in the area, including his son, Daniel, who called his father to let him know he was on his way to help get Sharon out of the area. Duquette said he also heard from his cousin, Pat, who has a yearly party nearby on Patriots' Day. He said he was saddened by the news of the death of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who played Little League for Savin Hill, a team that has participated in the Dan Duquette Sports Academy camps in the area.
"It's a tragic moment," said Duquette, who found out about the incident on his cell phone. "It's a Boston sports day. It's Patriots' Day."
Second baseman Ryan Flaherty, who is from Maine, said he's attended the annual Patriots' Day festivities and knew some people running Monday, all of whom were accounted for and uninjured.
"It's just something that can bring people together," Flaherty said. "As sad as it sounds ... really the only option when something like that happens is to unite and realize that there are evil people in this world. It's sad, but it's true."
The Orioles, who are also honoring Jackie Robinson by wearing No. 42 uniforms since they were off on Monday, will have a moment of silence prior to Tuesday's game in honor of the victims of Boston. They will also honor the recent passing of a pair of lifelong fans.
Matt Hersl, who died when he was struck by a car on April 9, was a season-plan holder and a frequent visitor for Orioles batting practice, as well as events throughout the region. Tommy Conelius, who passed away from cancer on February 15, was a longtime Orioles season-ticket holder who could be seen sitting in front of the press box at nearly every home game, as well as at area events.
The team also added additional security at the ballpark and is taking the "proper precautionary measures," according to Duquette, to ensure everyone's safety. The Orioles -- who were just in Boston last week -- had a team meeting prior to batting practice to go over security with the players.
"The good thing is, there's already been a lot of precautions, a lot of things going on here they may not have been aware of," manager Buck Showalter said.
"Just wanted to, as the players go home, talk to their families. There's already been some stuff going back and forth. Make sure they understand some of the things that have been done and things that are being done. And some of the things on the road. Get ahead of some things."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.