Yankees to Sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ for Boston Victims: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Rising above a bitter rivalry with their on-field enemies, the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees are planning to dedicate tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks to the fallen victims of the Boston Marathon bombing that took place yesterday. Here’s what you need to know.

1. The Yankees Will Hold a Moment of Silence
About an hour ago, the New York Yankees official Twitter account, @Yankees, tweeted the following:

A moment of silence is customary after a national tragedy, but the inclusion of “Sweet Caroline” is interesting …

2. The Yankees Will Play “Sweet Caroline”
“Sweet Caroline,” the classic song by Neil Diamond, is a popular part of the seventh-inning stretch at Boston’s Fenway Park. A tradition at the games is for the crowd to sing along with the song. At tonight’s game the Yankees will play “Sweet Caroline” in memory of the victims of yesterday’s tragedy.

3. The Yanks Have Been Tweeting Very Supportive Messages to the Red Sox
In addition to the tweet embedded above, the Yankees sent out another heartwarming and supportive message to the Red Sox.

4. The Red Sox and Yankees Have Been Bitter Rivals for Generations
The Yankees and Red Sox have been involved in a feud that has lasted almost a hundred years. It started when the Red Sox traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees, who went on become one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. The feud escalated since then, leading to a number of brawls over the years between the two teams.

5. The Support Shows How Sports Brings People Together

Despite the age-old animosity between the two teams, yesterday’s tragedy is more important than rivalries. Boston and New York are joined together now, having been targets of two of the most recent acts of terrorism on U.S. soil. It’s clear that sports is the lowest common denominator between the two cities, whose history and traditions are so different but remain integral to the framework of both cities. As both teams have shown today, a love for baseball is, and will be, the greatest unifying factor for New York and Boston.