The Red Sox and Yankees will dedicate Opening Day to the victims of the Newtown tragedy and honor their families and the community of Newtown.
When the teams meet on April 1 in New York, pregame ceremonies will feature joint honor guards of Newtown police and firefighters, along with a moment of silence, during which a list of the Sandy Hook victims’ names will be recognized on the center field video board.
The Red Sox and Yankees will wear a special ribbon on their uniforms to honor those lost and those affected by the tragedy. This ribbon will also be prominently painted on the field in front of both dugouts.
To show Major League Baseball’s solidarity in remembering the victims, their families and the greater community of Newtown, commissioner Bud Selig has asked the 28 other teams to follow suit in wearing the ribbon during their respective Opening Day games.
“Months have passed, yet we are still trying to come to grips with this incomprehensible tragedy,” Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry said. “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.”
Added Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, “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.”