Friends Close, Enemies Closer

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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.

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10 thoughts on “Friends Close, Enemies Closer

  1. Reblogged this on rjconroy51 and commented:
    Even though this is a great gesture, the reality of this was inevitable. when watching clips (especially the ones showed on ESPN) most Yankee fans did not ever get up outta their seats for the song, never mind sing along. Even though it is great to see the rival of the Red Sox jump to their aid and try to support, most people are sorry for the events, but will not let it carry over into their sports.

    • I agree the gesture is nice, but the feeling isn’t in the fans. The videos were embarrassing, the songs playing and nobody was standing, nobody was really singing, and nobody was really doing much of anything. I don’t know if I want to place it entirely on sports fans as a whole or simply on baseball fans. I don’t mean to insult but baseball fans are emotionless and boring. Watching a baseball game live is like standing at a PGA Tour. He hits a homerun and…everyone lightly claps, lame.

  2. Great post man! I agree it was a good show of support but when it comes down to it those teams are still rivels so I’m not too suprised when I saw the clips and almost no yankee fans were standing or singing. Totally agree with the first comment where he said their sorry for the events but won’t let it cross into their sports.

      • It is sad. The most emotion last night at the indians game was the booing while they were changing pitchers which I really don’t understand. I mean sure he pitched badly but still he a plyer for the team that your there cheering for. I just don’t get it.

      • I don’t get that, why are you booing your own team? Unless you’re a Brewers fan and they’re sending out Axford, then maybe I understand why you’re booing.

  3. Its so great to see mabey the 3rd grittiest rivialry in baseball turn it around in complete devastation. I’m no Boston fan (STL) but how do you NOT root for them?

    • Great comment and it is now to see the Yankees make an attempt. I just don’t get certain fans, I appreciate the attitude of those fans who made the effort to accept the Sox in your heart last night.

  4. I don’t think the people of Boston looked at it like we are. Like how were saying a lot of new york fans were not standing or singing. I think they were seeing the ones who did show support and are greatful for that.

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