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What a Jolly Good Time! Yanks Beat Boston in London!

For the first time in Major League Baseball history, two storied American baseball franchises faced off in a regular season MLB game in Europe. At London Stadium, today, the New York Yankees out-slugged the Boston Red Sox, in a marathon 4+ hour game, with a score more befitting the National Football League (and we're not talking "soccer"): 17-13.

Meghan Markle (a potential distant relative of the Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts) and Prince Harry were on hand, visiting both clubhouses, and the mound itself, where they accompanied ten participants of the Invictus Games, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch. There was a really lovely performance by the Kingdom Choir of the National Anthems of both the United States of America and Great Britain [MLB video link], and the seventh-inning stretch gave 60,000+ folks, across the pond, a chance to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" [Goo Goo Dolls, YouTube link]. And because this was considered a Boston "home game," we were even treated to a recording of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" in the middle of the eighth inning.

But in the end, the Yanks outlasted the Sawx, who played for the first time in their 100-year old rivalry on artificial turf; the teams scored a combined 30 runs (second highest combined score in the history of their rivalry) and will meet again tomorrow (10 am Eastern time) to close out their MLB debut on the London Sports Stage. The game ended with Frank Sinatra singing, What else?: "New York, New York" [YouTube link].