When a tragedy like the recent Boston Marathon bombing occurs, it serves as a haunting example of the type of evil that man is capable of.
However, the few truly evil people in this world are far outnumbered by the good, and that was never more evident than in the outpouring of support across the country since the incident.
Across the MLB last night, teams paid tribute to the city of Boston and the victims of the explosions. Below are some of the sights, sounds and tweets surrounding those tributes.
The Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline" has become as much a part of the Red Sox as Fenway Park over the years, and it was played by a number of teams last night. That included the rival Yankees at new Yankee stadium, where fans sang along with the song that embodied their rival.
The tribute did not go unnoticed by the song's artist, as Diamond took to Twitter to give his thanks to the Yankees for playing the song.
Thank you NY Yankees for playing 'Sweet Caroline' for the people of Boston. You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil #OneBoston
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) April 17, 2013
The Red Sox organization also thanked the entire league for its strong show of support with the playing of the song.
The Brewers showed their support with the playing of the Cheers theme song, as the show was famously shot in Boston. Brewers MLB.com beat writer Adam McCalvy tweeted the following:
Instead of Sweet Caroline, #Brewers are honoring victims of the Boston tragedy by playing the Cheers theme here at Miller Park.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 17, 2013
The team also displayed the message "To our friends in Boston, our thoughts are with you tonight" on the scoreboard while the song played, as can be seen in an Instagram photo from Brewers public relations manager John H. Steinmiller.
...as the theme to "Cheers" played at Miller Park tonight. @ Miller Park instagram.com/p/YMAKVQR_rx/— John H. Steinmiller (@jstein1981) April 17, 2013
At Progressive Field in Cleveland, the Red Sox took on the Indians, and Boston came away with a 7-2 victory after scoring seven runs in the top of the second inning off of Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez.
A moment of silence was observed prior to the game as "Boston Strong" was shown on the scoreboard.
In the dugout, the Red Sox displayed a "Boston Strong" jersey with the number 617 on it, a nod to the city's area code.
On the field, Red Sox and Indians players wore black arm bands to show their respect for those who lost their lives.
In the outfield, the American flag flew at half-mast as the city of Cleveland honored the victims in Boston.
The shows of support may have been small, and in the grand scheme of things, baseball is nothing but a game. But it is nights like those that help us as a country move past a tragedy of this magnitude.