New York Yankess and Boston Red Sox to Honor Sandy Hook Victims
The Yankees and their nemesis, the Boston Red Sox will be setting aside their on the field differences and coming together as one to honor the memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the city of Newtown on Opening Day, April 1 at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said:
On opening day, we will reflect upon more important things and play the game to honor the community of Newtown. Since the day of the tragedy, our hearts and thoughts have been with those who were affected.”
Red Sox principal owner John Henry echoed Steinbrenner’s sentiment, saying:
As our teams look to face each other on opening day, we will stand united in support of the families affected as we remember and honor those who were lost.”
According to a press release: all players, coaches, managers and on-field personnel will wear symbolic patches on their uniforms and clothing. The patch will feature the official seal of Newtown, a black memorial ribbon and 26 stars - one for each victim.
There will also be a moment of silence observed before the start of each of the game from March 31 to April 2.
Twenty children and six adults were gunned down during the Dec. 14, 2012 rampage.