The Red Sox’s dear rivals, the New York Yankees, paid tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings by playing the Fenway Park favorite “Sweet Caroline” at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. Other teams around the majors did the same. The popular sing-along song has been featured at Boston Red Sox home games since 2002.
Yankees fans sang along, and some people in the crowd wore Red Sox hats and jerseys. It’s good to see baseball fans throw baseball aside and stand for their fellow Americans. I’d also like to apologize for the over posting of Boston, but it’s news, there is some sports involved, and I’m saddened by the event.
A ribbon was shown on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard displaying the insignia of the Red Sox and Yankees and the words: “New York stands with Boston … Pray for Boston.”
There also was a pregame moment of silence. A message that read “United We Stand” showing the Red Sox and Yankees logos was posted on an electronic board atop the ballpark “Sweet Caroline” also was played at Marlins Park, Dodger Stadium and in Cleveland.
“That was a very classy touch,” said Indians skipper Terry Francona, who managed the Red Sox for eight years.
I’ll end this with a tweet by the singer himself Neil Diamond.