Teams Around MLB Pay Tribute to Boston Marathon Bombing Victims by Playing Red Sox Anthem “Sweet Caroline” (Videos)
Since at least 1997, every time the Boston Red Sox play a home game at Fenway Park, Neil Diamond’s soft rock anthem “Sweet Caroline” is played in the middle of the 8th inning. There was no particular rhyme or reason to it at first, but over the years the song became the unofficial anthem of Red Sox Nation. Thus, on Tuesday night, with the city of Boston and their beloved Red Sox still reeling from Monday’s terror attack at the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, a number of teams around Major League Baseball decided to pay tribute to Boston the best way they knew how: by playing the city’s favorite ballpark song.
Of course, nowhere was this tribute more fitting than at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees and Red Sox may hate each other on the baseball diamond, but New Yorkers know a little something about what the folks in Boston are going through right now and, after the 9/11 attacks in New York back in 2001, Boston Red Sox fans showed their support by singing Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.”
So on Tuesday night in the Bronx, Yankees fans returned the sentiment.
Take a look:
They also played “Sweet Caroline” at Dodger Stadium is Los Angeles:
And Coors Field in Denver:
And Marlins Park in Miami:
And Target Field in Minneapolis (just to name a few):
Milwaukee also paid a special tribute to Boston last night at Miller Park. However, instead of playing “Sweet Caroline” like everybody else, they decided to be original and play the Cheers theme song:
Major League Baseball gets a lot of things wrong, but here they got it right. This was a nice, classy tribute to the people of Boston. Well done, MLB.