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Citi Field breaks into ‘U-S-A!’ chants after Boston Marathon bombing suspect is taken into custody

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It started with a single tweet from the Boston Police Department.

Shortly thereafter, there was much rejoicing in the streets of Watertown, Mass. as the news of the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect being taken into custody began tricked throughout their community, the greater Boston area, and all around the United States.

That would include Citi Field in New York where the Mets were taking on the Washington Nationals in Friday night's spotlight game — thanks to the intriguing pitching matchup of 24-year-old right-handers Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey. When the announcement was made on the scoreboard, the crowd diverted their attention away from the action on the field and immediately erupted into chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!"

The goosebump-inducing scene was reminiscent of the night Osama bin Laden was killed back on May 2, 2011. We thank our friend Amanda Rykoff for catching the terrific reaction on video from a fan's perspective.

One inning later, the crowd continued the celebration by singing along to Sweet Caroline in another tribute to the city of Boston and all of the hard-working law enforcement officials who risked their lives to protect their community and bring it the justice it deserves. And a truly fitting tribute it was.

Stay strong and safe, Boston. Our thoughts are still with you.

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