The healing has begun in Boston, and the epicenter on Saturday was Fenway Park, where 72-year-old Neil Diamond surprised the Red Sox crowd by performing “Sweet Caroline” live. Thousands in the stands teared up with both pride and relief.
For more than a decade, it’s been a tradition for the Fenway crowd to sing “Sweet Caroline.” The song is a golden oldie from the '60s, but was never a chart-topper, and has absolutely no connection to baseball. But as one fan put it, (quote) “The words are easy. It's catchy, especially for those of us who can’t carry a tune.”
The Red Sox front office was just as stunned to see Diamond. He made a spur-of-the-moment decision, taking a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Boston, then barely making it to Fenway Park before the first pitch. As soon as he landed in Boston, he called the Red Sox to ask if he could perform for the Fenway fans, first responders, and law enforcement officers. The decision was a no-brainer.
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