Not hate. Not disdain for another living, breathing human being. Maybe you hate losing to them, but that’s only because, deep down, you truly respect the individuals on the other side of a field, court, rink, what have you.
Respect. Respect for the athlete. Respect for the hard working individual who puts just as much into the game and is ultimately seeking to rise to the same pinnacle as you. Respect for the city they represent. And respect for the sport that you both compete in.
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox rivalry goes back many, many, many (I can keep going) years. And the “hatred” between the two towns is certainly well documented, but on this day the high amount of respect the two clubs share for one another was clearly on display. USA Today explains:
The New York Yankees will evoke Neil Diamond as a way to pay tribute to the victims of Monday’s explosions at the Boston Marathon.
The club announced it will play Sweet Caroline at the end of the third inning during Tuesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, co-opting the Fenway Park singalong for just one night. The tune will follow a moment of silence for the victims of the two blasts.
Diamond’s 1969 hit has been a staple at Boston Red Sox home games for at least 15 years, played during the bottom of the eighth inning as fans of the Olde Towne Team join in on the chorus — all the more raucously if the Sox are leading.
Tuesday night, the iconic “Da-DAH-dah-dah!” will be heard in the Bronx.
This is sports, people. The greatest—and the truly original—reality show. Nothing beats it.