Neil Diamond surprises baseball fans by performing “Sweet Caroline” at Fenway Park on Saturday. Even Boston’s biggest rivals, the Yankees, having been playing Diamond’s song in tribute to them.
Since 1997, Fenway Park has made playing the 1969 soft rock song a tradition, and ever since the Boston Marathon booming it has been being played at all major-league ballparks around the country.
“Thank you NY Yankees for playing ‘Sweet Caroline’ for the people of Boston,” Diamond wrote on his Twitter page. “You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil #OneBoston.”
The day after suspected Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody, Fenway Park fans got the surprise of a life time.
Neil Diamond came to Boston to perform Sweet Caroline in the middle of the 8th inning.
What makes this performance even more touching is that Diamond just showed up at the stadium and asked if it would be ok if he performed “Sweet Caroline”. It was a surprise to everyone.
Red Sox radio guys say Neil Diamond showed up unannounced to Fenway @ 1230, called the switchboard & asked, “Can I sing today?”