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“It’s a huge part of our success in the playoffs,” Gomes said. “Those fans would not allow us to have the wind taken out of our sails all the way.”

Outfielder Daniel Nava remembers his disappointment that the team couldn’t go straight to the hospital after returning from Cleveland; because of the manhunt, the city was shut down that Friday and the game was postponed. By the time players were able to visit the victims, it was a week after the attacks.

“We tried to provide any hope and support to anyone that lost a leg or a limb,” he said. “But their attitude was actually better than ours. By the time we left, those people — what happened to them, and they survived — they’re telling us to keep our heads up. We’re saying, ‘Us? What about you guys?’

“They did a lot more for us than we did for them,” Nava added. “At least, that’s how I walked out from it.”