During catastrophic times and periods of doubt, no other sport exemplifies the American spirit like baseball. It is an enduring link to our past that forever manages to span the ages. For whatever reason, baseball is a salve that helps heal the wounds of despair.
Football long ago passed baseball as
To anyone who witnessed the tribute by the New York Yankees to the Boston Red Sox and the people of
To realize the magnitude of the Yankees gesture, you must first know some of the history behind it. When you understand the story, you immediately realize the power of its message that reaches far beyond the game itself.
Each year on Patriot’s Day, the Boston Red Sox play a game at
A short time later, as Sox rode the team bus to
Most sports fans know the rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox is one of the most intense in all of sport. It signifies an enduring struggle by an entire region of the country against a single city and their players in pinstriped uniforms.
While the Yankees were winning a record 27 World Series titles, the Red Sox battled for 86 years to win a championship. When
There were other names as well. “Bucky” (bleeping) Dent and Aaron (bleeping) Boone both ripped out
Occasionally there were even on-field brawls when tensions became so high that players took their emotions to the diamond itself.
It all changed in 2004., however, when the gods of baseball finally smiled down on
The Red Sox and Yankees met in the playoffs for the American League championship and the right to go to the World Series. In the first three games,
Down three games to none,
Boston won another close one in game 6 in New York, before winning the crown in game 7 by a score of 10 – 3.
So dramatic was the feat that the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, which broke the curse in just 4 games, seemed anti-climatic for most Red Sox fans.
On opening the following year, as the World Championship flag was raised over Fenway, Yankees players stood on the top step of their dugout and applauded the Red Sox along with 35,000
Fast forward to Tuesday night. Among
With the Sox out of town and the Yankees at home on Tuesday, Boston’s fierce New York rivals paid to tribute to their century-old opponents by playing “Sweet Caroline” between the third and fourth innings. New Yorkers stood and they sang and then they cheered.
It was a class act by one of the classiest organizations in baseball that far surpassed the meaning of a simple baseball game.
On this night, baseball proved that, indeed, “diamonds are forever.” Neil Diamond belting out one of his classics while players on a diamond honored fellow competitors and Americans in a diamond studded tribute.
No other sport can bring Americans together like baseball.
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