Transcript for 'This Week' Game Changer: The City of Boston
deadly attack on boston's legendary marathon shut boston down, it shocked us all, but boston came back strong and capped the year with some red sox pride. Here's abc's john donvan. Reporter: It was the week a fallen runner got the cover of sports illustrated. It started as that morning while innocence still held a sports story. And the battle for second is on. Reporter: Bearing the name of the city that has hosted it since forever. Then, to have this break it apart. And with three people killed, one of them a kid, and many more badly wounded, the sports story became the worst kind of news story. Get out of here! Reporter: That left a hurt in everyone. This marathon bombing affected -- the violation of their privacy, of their enjoyment. Did you take it as a personal wound? I didn't take it personally but I was hurt by it. Reporter: But what mayor tom menino noticed that week, was how sports became a vocabulary used to address the hurt, how "the chicago press" used the simplest of headlines to say we're with you, boston. ♪ Sweet caroline ♪ Reporter: How the new york yankee did the same with their rendition of "sweet caroline." The song that belongs to the boston red sox and speaking of those red sox, well, in two great acts, they gave something back to their battered city, act one started with their first home stand at the end of that terrible week a pregame tribute to boston itself, its people, its hero. In boston, everybody also looked at fenway park and turned to fenway park in this terrible moment that had become a triumphant moment to find hope. Why do people in the city go to a baseball stadium -- we love the red sox. Reporter: It's true, look at the crowd that day. It's always true. For a lot of people from boston being a red sox fan is their main way of saying they're from boston. It was very moving. Yes, it was very moving. The first responders there. We want to thank you, mayor menino. Reporter: And then, they gave the mike to david ortiz and what he said was a little moving and a little shocking. This is our city! And nobody can going to take it away, stay strong. Thank you. Reporter: Act one also saw the red sox throughout their season making hospital visits. And bringing survivors to games to throw out the first pitch. Most of all, acknowledging from that ceremony on, that this 2013 season was going to mean something different. We take a lot of responsibility. We know how big baseball is here. We know how passionate everybody is about it. We're just happy to get back out there and help the city heal. I think that's what we're here for, you know, there's a duty just like everyone else to come together. And that's what we're going to do. You do want to be saddened for a second and celebrate their lives, but at the same time, i guess the american way, we got to continue to keep, you know, keep chugging and not let that act slow us down, at the same time, we do have to take a deep breath and acknowledge what did happen. Reporter: Act two, of course, was how they played this 2013 season, they had been awful in 2012 and not much better in the early days of 2013. That early part of the season, you were at those games and they weren't playing very well. What were you thinking? I was agonizing a little about it. They would get back. Reporter: Yes, they did, all of the way to the playoffs. Then the division title. Then the pennant and then -- they won the world series. Well, first of all, I want to say, this is for you, boston! It's over. We have been through a lot this year and this is for all of you and all of the families that struggled earlier this year. This is for all of you. They helped the city get back on its feet. They had a real determination, this team. 2013 world champions! Reporter: And on the day of the victory parade it was the sox themselves who stopped at the boston marathon finish line where they placed their series trophy just to let it sit there a while and sink in. They won. Boston had won. ♪ Sweet caroline ♪ Reporter: In a vocabulary that came from sports, yeah, this was their bleeping town, it always had been. John donvan, abc news. Love hearing that song again. Thanks to john donvan for that. Thanks all of you with for sharing part of your sunday with us today and all year long. And before we go, a big thank you to everyone behind the scenes who bring you "this week" every week. And have a safe and blessed new year! ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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