The New York Yankees are visiting the Boston Red Sox this weekend, which typically would mean the renewal of a heated rivalry. But the back-and-forth between the bitter foes helped serve a much different purpose Saturday.
Tens of thousands of counter-protesters took center stage in Boston on Saturday, gathering in response to a self-described “Free Speech” rally at the Boston Common. The counter-protesters marched to the Boston Common and stood in solidarity in the wake of last Friday’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., which devolved into violence and left one dead.
Many counter-protesters waved signs decrying neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and one man put a spin on a familiar refrain in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry to get his message across.
That’s quite the “Boston” response, indeed.
According to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, the counter-protests were relatively peaceful given the massive size of the crowd.
The city also received plenty of support in the wake of the counter-protests — even from Yankees fans like actor and producer Richard Schiff.
The baseball teams’ rivalry will continue Saturday night at Fenway Park in the second contest of a three-game series, but we’re glad Boston and New York could set aside their differences for a day.
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