Apr 18, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Hundreds of spectators waited outside of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross during an Interfaith Vigil in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 4/23: A's Visit Boston Bombing Victim, McFadden Crucial for Raiders

Oakland A’s Meet Martinez Boy Hurt in Boston Blast

A week to the day after the twin blasts shook the Boston Marathon, an 11-year-old Martinez boy still hospitalized from the bombings got a visit from the Oakland A’s.

First baseman Brandon Moss, right fielder Josh Reddick and first base coach Tye Waller dropped by to see Aaron Hern in Boston on Monday.

– Christie Smith and Lori Preuitt, NBC Bay Area

A Confident McFadden is Crucial for Oakland Raiders

McFadden is entering a contract year and a strong (and don’t forget healthy) season will help dictate if the Raiders feel confident in bringing him back for the long term.

McKenzie has already freed up millions of dollars for 2014 after blowing up the roster he once had, and McFadden is sure to be in his future plans if he can stay healthy.

With the power-blocking scheme back in town, his numbers are sure to be better than last year’s. They really can’t get any worse.

– Steven Slivka, Yahoo! Contributors Network

49ers’ Culliver Needs to Recognize His New Identity

What else is known is that Culliver is willing to rectify his mistakes. After making anti-gay comments at the Super Bowl, Culliver went to the Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis intervention to LGBT youth.

In interviewing Culliver and in a few private conversations with him, my sense is that he’s not stupid nor is he a thug. He’s young and immature and unprepared for media attention.

What he has to realize now is that his life has changed. The same derogatory words Culliver highlighted are often seen on athlete’s twitter accounts. But with his history, Culliver is no longer just another athlete.

– Kevin Lynch, San Francisco Chronicle

Barry Bonds’ Home Run Shield Stolen from AT&T Park?

Are the Giants trying to block out the memory of Barry Bonds?

According the Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, the home run shield honoring Bonds’ went missing last week.

It turns out the Giants organization doesn’t know what happened to it either, but they are in the process of making a new one to replace it.

– CSN Bay Area


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