Attacks stun D-backs familiar with Boston

Attacks stun D-backs familiar with Boston

NEW YORK -- D-backs right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy was walking around New York City during Monday's off-day, enjoying the sights, when he got a call from his wife, Allison, who told him about the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon.

A father of two, Kennedy was mortified.

"It makes you wonder what goes through people's minds when they do these things," Kennedy said. "All I could think about, being a dad every time something like this happens, it changes my view now. My thoughts and prayers are really, really with them. Allison and I prayed for them. It was all we could do."

D-backs outfielder Cody Ross played for the Red Sox in 2012 and lived in an apartment near where the explosions occurred.

"Obviously, my heart goes out to all of the people who were affected," Ross said. "You never want to see that. Having played there and living right down the street from where it happened and having a lot of friends that lived there, it kind of hit close to home. I don't really know what to think of it. I was in shock, actually."

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson struggled to find the right words to describe his emotions.

"I'm speechless, to be honest with you," Gibson said. "We all have different emotions. First of all, we're sorry and there's sorrow. There's a part of you that wants to be angry about it and a part of you that wonders why."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.