Yanks play Red Sox song in tribute
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
The Yankees honored Boston, home of their longtime rivals, by
playing the Neil Diamond hit over the public-address system after
the third inning against Arizona. Yankees fans sang along, and some
people in the crowd wore Red Sox hats and jerseys. .
Diamond later commented on his Twitter page.
Thank you NY Yankees for playing ‘Sweet Caroline’ for
the people of Boston. You scored a home run in my heart. With
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond)
“Sweet Caroline” soon began trending on Twitter. Other ballparks
hosting games on Tuesday, picked up on the theme and played the
song or mentioned it would be played later in the night.
Chicago Cubs beat reporter for the Chicago Tribune tweeted:
Cubs will play “Sweet Caroline” in 8th inning tonight for Boston
tribute, says @
Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan)
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.
Earlier in the day, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it was time
to “put the baseball teams aside” and recognize “we’re all behind
the people in Boston.”
“Sweet Caroline” also was played at Marlins Park, Dodger Stadium
and in Cleveland, where the Red Sox beat the Indians 7-2.
“That was a very classy touch,” said Indians skipper Terry
Francona, who managed the Red Sox for eight years.