Griffin’s Fenway debut comes in wake of bombing

A.J. Griffin, who will be pitching for the A’s Monday in Oakland’s first post-Boston Marathon bombing game in Boston, doesn’t have much experience in Fenway Park.

He was in Fenway once, for batting practice with Team USA back in 2008.

He suspects this time through will be different.

   “What you have to do is to focus on the baseball,’’ he said. “But there has been so much that’s happened in the last week that will make it different.’’

Like the rest of us, Griffin had a tough time tearing his eyes away from the saga that started with last Monday’s bombing and which carried through to the death of one suspect and the ultimate arrest of a second suspect.

“The police and law enforcement did a great job to stop evil things from happening,’’ he said. “It’s nice to know they caught that guy. You’ve got to have faith in humanity.’’

Griffin, while being a Fenway newbie, has some experience with the Red Sox. He faced them twice last year in Oakland, going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.