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Yankees, Red Sox to honor Sandy Hook victims, Newtown community

Residents hold a candlelight vigil outside Newtown High

Residents hold a candlelight vigil outside Newtown High School after President Barack Obama delivered remarks at an interfaith vigil for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. (Dec. 16, 2012) Credit: AP

Before the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry commences for the 2013 season on April 1, the two adversaries will share a somber moment, standing together to dedicate their Opening Day contest to the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, the victims’ families and the Newtown community.

Newtown police and firefighters will take part in the pregame ceremony, which will feature a moment of silent while the victims’ names are displayed on the center field video board. The Yankees and Red Sox will also wear a special ribbon on their uniforms. All other 28 MLB teams have been asked to wear the ribbon to show solidarity.

Several thousand members of the Newtown community have been invited to the stadium on July 7 for a game against the Orioles that the Yankees are calling “Newtown Day at Yankee Stadium.”

Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry said in a press release he’s one of many “still trying to come to grips with this incomprehensible tragedy,” a sentiment shared by 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,” a statement issued by Steinbrenner read. “Since the day of the tragedy, our hearts and thoughts have been with those who were affected. We hope that bringing the families of Newtown together at Yankee Stadium later in the summer will give the community an opportunity to create new memories and aid in the difficult process of moving forward.”

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