NBC News is reporting that Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 59 people in Las Vegas on Sunday night, researched possible attack locations in Boston and Chicago, including locations near Fenway Park.
Law enforcement officials are not yet sure what the purpose of the research was, but it apparently included locations near Grant Park in Chicago, where the annual Lollapalooza festival is held, and near Fenway Park. He did not travel to either location. It’s worth noting that there are no hotels near Fenway with views into the park, with the closest high rise hotel standing over a half mile away.
There are several major league ballparks, however, which do have hotels with nearby, bird’s eye views. In light of what happened in Las Vegas, it would not be at all surprising if security at any hotels with nearby sight lines of stadiums and parks where many people gather is ratcheted up in the coming days and weeks.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.
When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.
With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.
Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.
“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”
Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”
Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.
Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.