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April 18, 2013

In NYC, strains of solidarity with rival Boston

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“It just brings back all the memories of 2001,” he said. “I think I speak for all New Yorkers by saying our hearts are with Boston.”

Christine Sanzillo, wearing a Sox hat, said, “I’ve been getting a lot of looks, kind nods. It’s a positive energy here today. Once my mother had a beer poured on her head.”

Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” makes no specific mention of Boston or the Red Sox, but the team started playing it regularly at Fenway Park more than a decade ago and fans took to it, singing along as loudly as possible.

Ballparks across the country played the song during Tuesday’s games, but the singalong was especially poignant at Yankee Stadium, where many fans are residents of a city no stranger to terrorism.

During a moment of silence at the start of the game, a large commemorative ribbon with logos from the two teams was shown on the electronic board atop the ballpark.

“But what’s going to happen when the Knicks and Celtics square off?” Petti — Yankee Mike — said, referring to the upcoming playoff game between the two cities’ basketball teams.

“They’ll show some respect,” he said, “then they’re going to want to beat each other.”

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