Red Sox observe moment of silence for Yankee greats

BOSTON -- The Red Sox observed a moment of silence prior to Thursday’s game in memory of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and public address announcer Bob Sheppard.

Both passed away this week.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona was asked his thoughts about the moment of silence during his pregame scrum with the media.

“The thing that stuck out at me, besides the so many obvious things, all the controversial things he’d been through and I’m sure he was a tough guy to work for at times, but the thing that really stuck out for me was when someone was in need of help, whether it was a person or organization, he was always first and wrote the biggest check,” Francona said. “Obviously there were some parts of him that were admirable.”