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Fans react to bin Laden news with "USA!" chants

(CBS/AP) In Philadelphia, baseball fans began chanting "U-S-A! U-S-A!" In Washington, hockey fans did the same, adding a "hey, hey, goodbye" twist.

Sports took a back seat Sunday night as news of Osama bin Laden's death spread nationwide.

At Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, fans at the Mets-Phillies game erupted in cheers, chanting "U-S-A! U-S-A!" as the news was broadcast on the stadium's video monitor.

"I heard the chants and they were great," Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey said after New York beat Philadelphia 2-1 in 14 innings. "It was a pretty neat thing. It was emotional. Hopefully this brings some closure but it's still not over."

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People could be spotted all over the ballpark checking their phones as news that the United States had killed the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington was breaking.

The "U-S-A!" chants started in the top of the ninth inning of the game and picked up in intensity throughout the inning.

"It was a big night for us and a big win for America," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It's a huge win for everybody and I'm really proud of our troops."

Mets starting pitcher Chris Young pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven, on a memorable night for him.

"Probably a night I will never forget," Young said. "I was in the training room when I heard the announcement. I got chills hearing that crowd. It's a historic night and a great victory for the United States."

Mets reliever Pedro Beato was a freshman at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn on Sept. 11, 2001. He watched smoke rise from the World Trade Center towers from his classroom.

"I couldn't see the building, but I did see the smoke and I knew it was something serious," Beato said of watching the attacks unfold. "History is every day, and we heard history tonight.

"It's a good feeling for our guys out there fighting and for their families."

Philadelphia players weren't sure what was happening until alerted of the news by center fielder Shane Victorino.

"I was sitting in the dugout and didn't understand what was going on for a minute," Philadelphia starting pitcher Cliff Lee said.

Asked his reaction, Lee said, "It took them long enough."

For the Mets' Young, the emotions he felt were of people who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks, including firefighters from a firehouse near his New York home.

"They lost nine people on 9/11," Young said. "I was just thinking about those who had lost their lives."

In Washington, frustration turned into jubilation for Capitals fans who had been disappointed by a home playoff loss but were quickly heartened by the news of bin Laden's death, reports's A.J Perez.

"It was a shock," said Caps fan Bobby Green, a D.C. resident who joined hundreds of fans who made the 10-block walk from Verizon Center to join thousands of revelers at the White House. "We go from a pretty painful loss to this. I'm not even thinking about the game right now. I think the Caps fans were looking for a positive outlet."

Even the sounds around Pennsylvania Avenue late Sunday night and into early Monday morning had a stadium vibe to them, Perez reports. The "USA" chant was the most popular, but a few in the crowd -- some perched in trees or atop various statues -- reworked other staples, like the "hey, hey, goodbye" chant with bin Laden's name worked into it.

Casey Engle, a student at the University of Maryland, told Perez why he chose to wear a Caps jersey to the impromptu festivities:

The news that bin Laden had been killed leaked out minutes after the Capitals 3-2 overtime loss. As Sam Saliba, a sales manger from Herndon, Va., said, the fact Washington dropped the first two games of the best-of-7 series didn't matter much at that point.