Joe Girardi

Yankees, Red Sox Pay Opening Day Tribute To Newtown In Pregame Ceremonies

The insignias honoring Newtown, a black ribbon with the town's crest, were painted into the grass on the field at Yankee Stadium, and a number of Red Sox players snapped photos.

"What we do is provide a distraction, but that's temporary," said Red Sox pitcher Craig Breslow, who is from Trumbull. "What we're going to do today is temporary. People have to understand that these lives have been changed by a tragedy of horrific proportions."

The killing of 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 14, has drawn a strong response from professional athletes, many of whom are young parents themselves. Many area pro and...