Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees to honor Newtown victims on Opening Day

By Justin Söderberg
Brad Penner – USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball opening day is just a few weeks away. Before the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees gets underway in 2013, the teams will stand together for Newton, Conn.

The Yankees announced on Wednesday they will dedicate their season opener with the Red Sox, on April 1, to the victims of the Newtown tragedy and honor their families and the community of Newtown.

Honor guards of Newtown police and firefighters will take part in the ceremonies, along with a moment of silence, during which a list of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting will be displayed on the video board.

Additionally, the two teams will wear a black ribbon on their uniforms to honor those lost their lives on that tragic day. This ribbon will also be painted on the field in front of both dugouts at Yankee Stadium.

We all remember the horrible news that broke on Dec. 20, 2012, when twenty children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn were fatally shot. The tragedy was felt nationwide and have since had many different sporting events, award ceremonies and more show their support with special ceremonies and moments of silence, like the one that will happen on April 1.

The utmost respect should be shone towards the Red Sox and Yankees organizations. The two teams are hated rivals and can put the game of baseball aside, even for just a moment, to honor those who fell on that horrible day.

This is something that is bigger than baseball. What a better way to honor the Newtown families, then to have the game’s biggest rivalry come together for a single cause.

All MLB teams will show their support, wearing the same black ribbon on their uniforms during their respective home games on opening day.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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