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

since 2002.

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.

 

“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:

 

 

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.