Though they may be bitter rivals with the Red Sox, the New York Yankees honored Boston
at Tuesday night's game by playing the Fenway Park anthem "Sweet Caroline" to show their support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Yankee fans sang along to the Neil Diamond hit between innings of Tuesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium. The Boston Red Sox started playing the song for fans at every home game in 2002.
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"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and the families who were affected by the bombings and our respect and admiration go out to the police, medical personnel and first responders who acted so heroically," the Yankees said in a statement. "We stand united with the participants, volunteers, staff, and spectators of the Boston Marathon and the people of Boston."
Other MLB teams followed suit and played "Sweet Caroline" to honor Boston, including the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland Athletics.
Yankee Kevin Youkilis told ESPN that the bombings hit especially close to home for him. Youkilis was a longtime member of the Boston Red Sox, and he is married to the sister of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
"We were pretty much sick to our stomach," Youkilis said. "For my family and I, it was supposed to be a good off day with the kids, but it turned into a lot of phone calls and worry. It was just a tragic day. You have thousands of people down there really enjoying amazing feats.
"I've been down there on the finish line. It is an amazing thing to watch these people finish a marathon and then something tragic like that happens. You can't put it into words. We are very fortunate, reaching out to all the people we know that everyone was OK. It was very unfortunate for hundreds of people who are in the hospital or lost their lives. It ate me up a lot. I lost a little sleep about it."
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