Major League Baseball’s Red Sox and the National Hockey League’s Bruins both had games canceled last night as Boston and surrounding areas were locked down during the manhunt for Dzhokar Tsarnaev.
Tsarnaev, 19, was taken into custody at about 9:45 p.m. local time last night in Watertown, Massachusetts, after an around-the-clock search just days after the April 15 attack. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the other suspect, was killed as they both tried to escape the dragnet early yesterday.
The Red Sox held a ceremony prior to their 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. The Green Monster, the famed 37-foot-high wall in left field, was adorned with a logo featuring the Old English letter B on the Red Sox cap above the word “Strong,” a reference to the slogan “Boston Strong” that has been adopted by the city.
Both teams lined up along the first- and third-base lines, with the Red Sox wearing jerseys that said “Boston” instead of the normal “Red Sox.” The team said the uniforms will be autographed and auctioned to raise money for The One Fund Boston charity established to help victims of the bombing.
Neil Diamond, wearing a Red Sox cap, then appeared down the first base line after the top of the eighth inning to sing his hit “Sweet Caroline.” The song has become a tradition at Fenway, where it’s regularly been played during the eighth- inning break since 2002.
“What an honor it is to be here today,” Diamond, 72, told the crowd before leading a sing-a-long. “I bring love from the whole country.
The Bruins wore baseball caps honoring the Boston and Watertown police departments and Massachusetts State Police during the warm-up prior to their 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at the TD Garden. The Bruins also announced two days ago both teams will auction their jerseys from the game with all proceeds donated to The One Fund Boston.
The bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 170. A law enforcement officer was also killed on April 18 in a shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers, which led to a transit officer being seriously wounded.