The Yankees and Rex Sox dedicated their Opening Day game to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, along with their families and the community of Newtown, Conn.
Both teams are wearing a special patch on their uniforms, and there was a pregame moment of silence, during which the names of the victims scrolled down the giant video screen in center field. An honor guard of Newtown police officers and firefighters participated in the pregame ceremonies.
Two members of the Newtown police department, Detective Daniel McAnaspie and Detective Jason Frank, met with the media prior to the game.
"It's days like this, where we get to come out to a great ballpark like this and just get our minds off of the day-to-day back in Newtown -- stuff like this helps," McAnaspie said.
"It clears our minds off things. We realize that there's life outside of work," Frank added. "Words just can’t describe how grateful we are."
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has asked the 28 other MLB clubs to also wear the Newtown patch for their respective Opening Day games.
The Yankees have invited approximately 3,000 children, families and members of the Newtown community to attend the team's home game against the Orioles on Sunday, July 7.