The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are bitter enemies on the field and it’s been that way for a long time. There have been enough epic games, brawls and bad blood between the two teams and their fans to last a lifetime, so when they come together for a common cause, you know it has to be big.
Multiple outlets are reporting that on opening day as the Yankees and the Red Sox begin a new season facing each other, playing a kids game, they will honor the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School and the town of Newtown, Connecticut. The ceremonies will include a moment of silence and the names of all the victims will be displayed on the scoreboard in center field. Newtown policemen and firefighters will also be honored and both teams will wear special ribbons on their uniforms.
Both organizations should be commended for doing the right thing and coming together since they are the two baseball teams closest to the tragedy. It’s a reminder that not only is baseball just a game, but it’s a game that children everywhere love to play and this incident has taken that joy away from so many families in Newtown. By honoring the tragedy together, the Yankees and the Red Sox both understand there are more important things in life than sports. Perhaps it’s important for everyone to be reminded of that from time to time.
Who ever thought two rivals could come together and set an example for everyone else? The fans may not have believed it was possible but thankfully the Yankees and Red Sox organizations did, and they made a great decision.