Bin Laden death prompts “U-S-A” chant at Mets-Phillies game, WWE event

News of the death of Osama bin Laden prompted a “U-S-A” chant during a baseball game between the New York Mets and Phillies in Philadelphia. There was no formal announcement and, in case you didn’t think the moment could be more goosebump-worthy, the game just happened to be between teams from Pennsylvania and New York.

The “U-S-A” chants began in the top of the ninth and increased throughout the inning. The Mets won 2-1 in 14 innings, wrapping it up shortly after 1 a.m. EDT.

John Cena announced the bin Laden news to a Tampa crowd shortly after winning the WWE WWE championship in a three-man cage match.

Mark Herzlich, the Boston College linebacker and cancer survivor who went untaken in the NFL draft over the weekend, tweeted: “People are taking so much pride in their Country. Reminds me of what I heard it was like after USA beat the Russians in Olympics.”

Herzlich was an unofficial clearinghouse for tweets from college campuses across the country:

@RecruitingAJC: people all over campus at #NotreDame are going crazy. They were running around campus with a American flag :)

@CFPfresh: WE GOIN NUTS HERE AT PENN STATE. IM A BOSTON BOY, BUT WE GOIN HARD FOR AMERICA DOWN HERE. WISH U BEST OF LUCK MARK IN FUTURE

@Leighgreen: celebrating in small town of Greenville, Al by myself just cause. I love my country!!!! #WeAreAlabama #WeAreAmerica

@TimEgan44: Celebrations taking place at little Carthage College in Wisconsin #redwhiteandblue

@NYG_Central: Goin nuts down in Huntsville, TX...a small college town...well you can imagine

@kyle_sheehan: SDState is singing it’s praises of the USA as well! #oneblood

to all the troops you guys are my herosless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyOzzie Guillen
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The principles of Islam are peace & love. Please don’t confuse Osama’s views as the view of Muslims.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet ReplyMike Tyson
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Dan Steinberg has reaction from Redskins and other Washington athletes.

(Thanks to Malcolm Johnson.)

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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