In a classy show of solidarity with the city of Boston, the Yankees and several other MLB teams played the Red Sox classic "Sweet Caroline," during their games yesterday. It's especially fitting that the Yankees stepped up, since both NY and Boston are now linked as the two cities most intimately impacted by 21st Century terrorism. Though their rivalry has always been the story, this time, the story is much bigger and the appropriate measures taken by the Yankees are a extremely thoughtful gesture.
The rival teams have buried the hatchet — at least for now. Yankee fans belted out the Neil Diamond hit during a game Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, showing solidarity with their neighbor to the north a day after explosions at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 170.
"Sweet Caroline" also was played at Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium, Marlins Park, Safeco Field, O.co Coliseum, Great American Ball Park, and at Cleveland's Progressive Field, 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.
The Milwaukee Brewers put a different spin on their tribute; they played the theme to the NBC television sitcom "Cheers," which was set in Boston.