LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — “When I heard about it I stopped and prayed,” said Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
The devastation of the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon was very real for Gonzalez, who once called Boston home while playing for the Red Sox.
“Boston going through such a big day — it affects everybody with a connection to the city,” Gonzalez said.
Monday night’s game with the San Diego Padres was already expected to be intense after last Thursday’s wild brawl that cleared both benches.
But the increased security fans saw both inside and around Dodger Stadium was added protection after the deadly attacks at the Boston Marathon.
“Even in L.A. — I know we have a rivalry with Boston — but it really hits the heart it’s really upsetting,” said Dodgers fan Hannah Bradley.
“It was tragic what happened, but its not going to ruin the spirit of us enjoying Jackie Robinson Day,” fan Jose Cortez insisted.
Doors at Dodger Stadium opened early for Jackie Robinson Day.
While fans showed up to enjoy festivities celebrating the Hall of Famer who broke the color barrier, the LAPD stepped up its patrols.
The department even assigned bomb squad teams and canine units to prevent a similar violent attack from happening here.
“We know they have lots of security so we’re weren’t scared,” said fan Vivian Ramos.
An LAPD spokeswoman told KTLA that the amped up security may continue at future games — and anywhere that crowds are likely to gather.
On Monday night, fans and players had Boston on their minds, but they were determined not to let fear take over.
“There’s nothing you can do, you still gotta come out and enjoy yourself,” said Frederick Lewis, who attended the game.
“Anything’s possible at any time,” Adrian Gonzalez echoed. “All you can do it go out and leave it up to God and hope that you’re protected.”