Yankees honor victims of Manchester bombing before game (vid)
The New York Yankees on Tuesday night joined the countless tributes and messages of mourning over the terrorist bombing in Manchester earlier this week.
Prior to a game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium, a moment of silence was held to mourn the victims of the attack, with public address announcer Paul Olden referencing Monday’s “heinous and cowardly” attack.
The British flag was also put up on the video board — along with the message “Our thoughts and prayers to the victims in Manchester” — while “God Save The Queen” was played.
Prior to 1st pitch, @Yankees & Royals hold a moment of silence & play "God Save the Queen" to honor the victims of the Manchester tragedy. pic.twitter.com/1VBDkdtnwo
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) May 23, 2017
The Yankees as a team spoke warmly about the touching moment.
“I thought it was a nice gesture,” said Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. “Obviously, it’s very sad what happened. You’re just listening to the sound of their anthem and you think about your family.”
“It’s tragic to think about what happened, but the reality is that’s the world that we live in today,” added Yankees third baseman Chase Headley. “That’s reality. Certainly you’re aware of group gatherings being a potential target, so it’s unfortunate that you have to deal with that type of stuff.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi discussed ahead of Tuesday’s game how the bombing in Manchester causes him to think about ballpark security.
“I think you always think about it,” Girardi said. “I think our people have done a really good job of doing everything they can to protect our fans and protect the players and everyone involved that’s here in this building — you, me.
“But you’re always worried. That’s the world we live in. So you put your faith in the people that are taking care of us and you trust them.”
At least 22 people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed in the attack earlier this week that occurred at Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert. An estimated 59 people have also been reported as injured.