The Red Sox and Yankees have one of the biggest rivalries in sports, but that was set aside on Tuesday night as the Yankees honored Boston.
During the Yankees vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game last night, the Yankees held a moment of silence, played the Fenway Park anthem -- Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” -- and displayed United We Stand on the exterior of the building, between the Yankees and Red Sox logos.
“Join #Yankees fans as they send their love to Boston with the singing of ‘Sweet Caroline’ after the 3rd inning," the team Tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
Inside the park, the Yankees displayed “Sweet Caroline” lyrics, including “And when I hurt, hurtin’ runs off my shoulders …”
Neil Diamond was paying attention and Tweeted words of thanks to the Yankees.
Thank you NY Yankees for playing 'Sweet Caroline' for the people of Boston. You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil #OneBoston
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) April 17, 2013
Fans also showed support for a city that was rocked by the explosions on Boston Marathon Monday.
“When something like this happens to a specific city, it happens to the country,” Carolyn Contreras, of Norwood, New Jersey, told NBC New York. “It doesn't just happen to a specific city. … We're pulling for them.”
Joe Homa, of Hillsdale, New Jersey, said we're a united nation and we will move forward.
“My prayers go out to all the families in Boston, just like after 9/11,” he said.
The New York Police Department made a heavy appearance the day after explosions killed three and injured more than 170 people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
"We've prepared as if yesterday was a prelude to an attack here in New York," New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told NBC New York on Tuesday night.
Anti-terror units were on patrol, bags were checked as usual and k-9 units were out. The Guardian Angels were watching as well.
The final score was Yankees: 4, Arizona Diamondback: 2.
Other teams also paid tribute to Boston. Several played “Sweet Caroline.”
The Milwaukee Brewers and fans sang the theme song to “Cheers,” a television show that was set in downtown Boston.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) April 17, 2013