If you watched the Yankees host the Diamondbacks last night:
- You saw the Yankees defeat Arizona 4-2 on a night that both teams honored #42.
- You saw Robinson Cano, the Yankee second baseman named for Jackie Robinson and who wears #24 to honor the trailblazer’s memory, hit a three-run homer.
- You saw the last active #42, Mariano Rivera earn his third save of the season and the 611th of record-breaking career.
Earlier in the day, the Yankees released the statement:
“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.”
And prior to the game at the Stadium, both teams stood, with the fans, for a moment of silence for the victims of this tragedy.
Then in the 3rd inning, the fans engaged in the Fenway 8th inning ritual of singing Neil Diamond‘s Sweet Caroline
“It’s important to recognize everyone that was involved,” Joe Girardi said. “When you think about that being a song that is a tradition there, it’s special to Fenway Park and the people of Boston, but we are behind them and put the baseball teams aside.”
In a world filled with people intent on committing murder, causing injury, and reeking of pure unadulterated immorality, it is time for the Yankees to lose the “Evil Empire” moniker, it’s no longer funny.