Fans across Major League Baseball reacted to the capture of 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Friday night. Just before 9 p.m. EST, most news stations were reporting that Tsarnaev had been subdued and taken into custody. While most people expected authorities to eventually capture Tsarnaev, the fact that they were able to bring him in alive is a testament to the tremendous effort both local and federal law enforcement put forth.
As soon as word surfaced that the manhunt had ended, MLB teams began sharing the message with fans on their stadium scoreboards. A number of teams paid tribute to the city of Boston by playing “Sweet Caroline” while others chanted “USA! USA!” upon receiving the news.
The entire nation was able to breathe a collective sigh of relief on Friday night and feel a bit safer going to bed, but it’s important to remember that Tsarnaev’s capture does not change the fact that lives were lost. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating the end of the search and the prevention of further destruction, but the hope is that the entire nation will keep those who died in their thoughts.