MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Sports are often a rallying point in the wake of a national tragedy and that was again the case in the hours that followed the Boston Marathon bombings Monday.

Numerous teams across the country, including the Miami Marlins, held moments of silence to honor those who were killed or injured by the bombings. Teams also stepped up security in all facilities as a response to the bombings.

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The bombings hit close to home for Marlins pitcher Steve Cishek who had a friend who was running in the marathon.

“It hits hard,” Cishek said. “All you can do is sit back and pray and make sure that she’s alright and all the people affected, but all you can do is pray.”

The Miami Heat also held their collective breath because a member of the team’s staff had a sister running in the annual event when the bombings happened.

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“Dan Craig’s sister was running in the Boston Marathon,” said Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. “She was on mile number 21 when it happened. It’s horrible.”

Heat guard James Jones was, like most of the nation, left stunned after seeing the images come across the television and internet all afternoon long.

“It’s disheartening,” Jones said Tuesday. “Those are things that you can’t fathom. No one wants to see that happen. It’s unfortunate, but like all things we bounce back and pull together.”

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That sentiment has been on display in the sports world all day Tuesday as the Chicago Tribune dedicated a full page ad to supporting the teams and city of Boston. Even the New York Yankees, Boston’s arch nemesis, had full-screens at the stadium with the Yankees and Red Sox logos on it reading “United We Stand.”

Jim Berry