CLEVELAND -- The flag that flies behind the center-field wall at Progressive Field, and every flag in every stadium, was lowered to half-staff on Friday in recognition of the Americans slain in Libya.
President Barack Obama ordered all flags on government buildings be lowered. The order applied to all U.S. military posts, diplomatic sites abroad and ships at sea. Commissioner Bud Selig requested that all clubs support the President's request through sunset on Sunday.
"This is America's pastime," reliever Frank Herrmann said. "Every time we go out there, people are watching. It's good to acknowledge that, because I don't think a lot of people take time out of their day to realize what's going on across the world.
"If it's within the context of baseball that people have to take a second to stop and say, 'Why is the flag at half-staff?' then so be it."
On Tuesday, U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, was among four killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi by armed Islamists.