In the wake of tragedy, sports can serve as welcome distractions. Whether it's Ben Revere writing on his glove and making a spectacular grab, Victor Cruz paying tribute to a Newtown victim, or someone making a wonderful play that can provide an escape, no matter how fleeting, from the carnage and mayhem of a national tragedy, sports and entertainment serve a purpose.
And, in moments that transcend pinstripes and divisional rivalries, tiny gestures can go a long way in signifying unity. Today, the New York Yankees, through the team's official Twitter account, announced that they will hold a moment of silence tonight for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. They'll also play Red Sox favorite, Neil Diamond classic "Sweet Caroline," at the end of the third inning.
Our thoughts are with the Boston community. Tonight there will be a special moment of silence & Fenway favorite Sweet Caroline @ end of 3rd.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 16, 2013
Reaching out... touching me... touching you...