For a city in need of healing voices after the horrific events Monday in Boston, one song seemed so appropriate to ring through baseball's gathering places, a melodic name sending a heartfelt message that we're all Bostonians.

Sweeeeet Caroliiine . . .

And, of course, the now familiar refrain that follows Neil Diamond's eponymous expression of adoration, famously vocalized to the heavens at Fenway Park home games by Red Sox fans.

Bah! Bah! Bah!

With ballparks from Yankee Stadium to Safeco Field putting "Sweet Caroline" on the loudspeakers between innings, a unique tribute to Boston and its people went viral through the Major Leagues on Tuesday, one day after two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three and injured more than 170 spectators and participants in the annual race, an event that -- along with an early Red Sox game -- is a traditional part of Patriots' Day activities in Boston.

A song isn't going to heal the wounded or bring back the victims, but the gesture of love and support for Bostonians rang out -- and with no more passion than in the Bronx, home of their rivals, the Yankees.

"I think it's important that we recognize that we're all behind the people in Boston and everyone that was involved," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You think about that being a song that's a tradition there, it's special to Fenway Park and the people of Boston. We're behind them. Put the baseball teams aside, we want to be there for them."

The Yankees were not alone in sending that same message to the people of Boston. The "Sweet Caroline" idea spread throughout the Majors, including in Cleveland before the Red Sox played Tuesday night following a pregame rendition of the familiar tune.

And the gesture didn't go unnoticed by the team with "Boston" across its chest.

"I think it's a touch of class by, not only Cleveland, but every Major League city around baseball that has done something tonight," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "I saw the sign on the front of the facade at Yankee Stadium and I think the fact that they played 'Sweet Caroline' in the third inning there, I think it's a touch of class by all of Major League Baseball to acknowledge this."