New York Yankees play ‘Sweet Caroline’ to honour Boston

Rivals show empathy after Boston Marathon bombing

Kathy Willens/AP

The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox may be chief rivals, but the Yankees put aside that rivalry Tuesday to show their support for those affected by the bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The Yankees held a moment of silence and then encouraged fans to sing along to “Sweet Caroline,” which was played at the end of the third inning during Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. “Sweet Caroline” is played during every Red Sox home game at Fenway Park.

They also showed their support outside the stadium, with banners that read “United We Stand” with both the Rex Sox and the Yankees logos. “United We Stand” was also projected inside the stadium.

Fans also showed their support.

The Red Sox noticed the gesture.

This isn’t the first time the rival teams have reached out to support one another during a crisis. After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, the Red Sox played Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York,” which is played during every Yankees game, notes The Bleacher Report.

The gesture of support from the Yankees was just one of many, as various vigils Tuesday night remembered the victims of the Boston bombing.

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