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Video: MLB fans react to the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings

Apr 20, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

Here’s something pretty cool. has put together a compilation of fan reactions to the capture of the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. A number of stadiums around MLB also played Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” to pay tribute to the city of Boston.

Yesterday’s Royals-Red Sox game was postponed because of the day-long manhunt, but today’s game will go on as scheduled. Not a bad way to celebrate Fenway Park’s 101st birthday. It should be quite a special scene in Boston.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Congratulations to the police and citizens of the Boston area for their persistence, endurance and perseverance.

    A thumbs down to the New York Post and other media outlets who posted pictures of innocent people who happened to be wearing black back packs. Those erroneous photographs made the life of innocent people hell.

    • jarathen - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      There has been a lot of ugly along the way. From the unfiltered hatred that stoops to a level beneath us as Americans and human beings to the way many news outlets showed their true colors, it was a pretty terrible week for how we responded as a country to this heinous act.

    • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      Like the New York Pestilence gives a flying crap, right?

    • ray1950 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      We appreciate the support. God Bless America

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

        You are welcome. Like most of you I was watching the capture last night rather than a baseball tgame. The police and the citizens were outstanding.

  2. acdc363 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    we did it!

  3. Old Gator - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    How, by the way, did an utterly crappy song like “Sweet Caroline” ever become the Beanbags’ anthem?

    • jarathen - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Neil Diamond is a national treasure, schmaltz and all.

      • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        What is there besides the schmaltz? But I agree, he’s a treasure. Let’s bury him and then kill and feed everyone who saw where we buried him to the sharks.

    • ray1950 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      Good question but we don’t care. We just sing it, loud and proud!

      • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM

        Proud of what – your utter lack of taste in music?

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      It is a weak song; however, the “Sweet Caroline” is Caroline Kennedy.

      • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        It’s not a “weak song.” It is an unrelenting vomit of musical and lyrical cliches, like everything else Diamond ever wrote and, Buddha succor us, sang.

        And his clothes – O Dharmapalas explain to us why anyone would want to dress like a cheap impersonation of Liberace?

  4. cowboysoldiertx - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:09 AM


  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Well done, Boston! From Canada you had my support all throughout this crazy week.

    Kudos to your Commander-in-Chief as well as any state and local officials involved. Nothing says “Wen mean business” quite like 9000 men with machine guns coming after you.

    Now let’s get back to peacefully enjoying some baseball!

  6. eagles512 - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Pretty terrible week how we responded as a country? Thats absolutely ridiculous.

    • jarathen - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      There was a lot of erroneous reporting that caused innocent people hurt. There was a ton of misinformation that helped no one but news outlets who got more page views and TV ratings despite being way off base. And while the support for our forces has been universal, the reactions I’ve seen online to the events have, at times, been scarily dark and vengeful.

      Who we are is not determined by how good we can be when things go well. Who we are is determined by how we act when things go poorly.

      I can’t imagine what the city of Boston went through this week; it must have been exhausting every day to experience.

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Good post.

        1. Our corporate media is beyond pathetic. CNN and Rupert Murdoch’s NY Post were clearly the worst examples, but no one came out looking particularly smart.

        NBC’s straight news division (particularly Pete Williams and Michael Isikoff) did a great job, but a few pundits on MSNBC made themselves look as foolish as their brethren on the right.

        I’m REALLY glad I don’t bother paying for cable TV. The corporate media is generally worthless.

        2. I wouldn’t gauge humanity by how anonymous trolls convey their thoughts online. People say things under anonymous handles that they would NEVER say to peoples’ faces.

        I realize the irony of saying that as someone with an anonymous handle, but really…it’s not worth getting down over what people post online.

  7. 13arod - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    i watched the news all day and was happy when they arrested him

    • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      That’s nice. Here, your milk is warm now.

  8. MyTeamsAllStink - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Glad he is in custody and will face the music.And glad we as a nation can return to hating the Red Sox and other Boston sports teams.;)

  9. kelshannon19 - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Where’s historiophilliac?

    • APBA Guy - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      “Where’s historiophilliac?”

      Probably debating whether to return to this site after the display unfettered psychosis of Barrywheresmybrain all week.

      • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        I don’t think he’s psychotic. Learning disabilities are varied and complex. As a reading and critical writing instructor, though I’m not qualified to diagnose precisely or administer medication, I have received professional training in identifying forms of learning disability as they may relate to communication skills. Barrywheredidmyfrontalcortexgo appears to suffer from AS/CIC (Acute Stupidity, Complicated by Ideological Constipation, commonly referred to as “trailer park syndrome”). He also appears to have been badly taught to spell, punctuate and type, construct logical syllogisms, or understand both mercator and sinusoidal map projections – and he seems not to have been taught geography at all (his bit about believing Obama was born in Florida made my night; up at the world famous Luna Star Cafe in North Macondo last night, enjoying the riproaring guitar work of Raiford Starke and Jack Shawde and the ministrations of the lissome Brie, I was giggling spontaneously and often enough that the little goddess asked me what was so funny, and I just couldn’t explain it).

      • APBA Guy - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        OG- I do have professional training, though my certificate has long expired. And you are correct, a clinical diagnosis of psychosis is not indicated, but there is clear pathology:

        delusion: Obama was born in Florida, all liberals are sad that the bombers were Muslm, etc

        paranoia: we’re at war with “them”, in this case undefined radical Muslims, all liberals are out to harm the country, a vast conspiracy “must” exist around the bombers, the Second Amendment is what I say it is, etc

        disassociation: unawareness of others perceptions and reactions towards him, lack of logical nexus between assertion and fact, incoherent argumentation

        It’s enough to establish an indication of pathology. You’d need some professional observation to nail it down, but the symptoms are way past stupid-or harmless.

      • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:40 PM

        Those qualities establish pathology for about half the US Senate and a bit more than half of the House, too. Plus, we should consider the possibility that syphilitic paresis is widespread there, considering what a bunch of whores they all are.

      • stlouis1baseball - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        So Barry jumped off the deep end huh? I missed all of it (thankfully).

  10. hojo20 - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    No true Sox fan wants “Sweet Caroline’ to be associated with the Red Sox.

    • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      That’s a relief. I was having a hard time imagining how the region that cradles Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston University, Wellesley and, most of all, the Berklee College of Music, could embrace such an unutterable squawk of tripe as a theme song. It’s good to know there is resistance.

  11. aceshigh11 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    I’m glad they caught at least one of these sick bastards alive.

    MAYBE we can learn from him why he and his brother turned to such senseless acts of madness in such a seemingly short period of time, because right now, this whole thing makes absolutely no sense…and maybe it never will, but at least with one alive, we can piece things together.

    Kudos to the FBI and the police and people of Boston…way to keep a stiff upper lip and get the job done.

    • Old Gator - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      The more I read about it, the more it seems to me that the older brother, Tamerlan (named no doubt after Tamerlane, the 16th-century Transoxian king who is a kind of warrior icon to central Asians) was having some serious mental and emotional problems and turned to fundamentalist Islam as a way of trying to hold himself together. He had never made many friends, married a Christian woman and then been arrested for beating her, whereupon she moved back in with her parents and he ran away to Dagestan to stay with his parents for six months. The rigidity and demands of fundamentalism, in all of its forms – including its equally repugnant Judeo-Christian types – is a disease of the imagination akin to atherosclerosis. It’s a common redoubt of personalities in crisis for other reasons. Unfortunately, it looks like Tamerlan ingested a dose of the jihadist spirit of north Caucasian Islamism with his mental medication, brought it home with him and infected his impressionable kid brother who by all accounts was a pretty normal and popular guy until then.

      Remember, their parents had gone back to Dagestan two years prior and left the kid, at 16 or 17, more or less in the care of his nutcase big brother. I can see the appeal – become important, noteworthy, big and brave and strong like me, your boxing, fearless warrior brother named, after all, for Tamerlane. It looks like even during his period of indoctrination, a sizable part of this kid was unconsciously resisting and trying to cling to normalcy. Too bad for everyone concerned that ultimately he let go of it. Maybe there’s still a fracture line between the indoctrinated murderer and the happy kid all of his friends and family remember from not long ago, and these very, very savvy High Value Detainee interrogators can drive a wedge into it. If they had support here, we want to clean them out as well.

      • jarathen - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Good post. It’s all pure conjecture at this point, of course, but it sure doesn’t seem like the cut-and-dry storyline people usually ascribe to cases like this.

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