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Fenway Park was blessed on Saturday with the presence of Neil Diamond, who joined in what has become an iconic Red Sox eighth-inning singalong to his song “Sweet Caroline.”
The Red Sox have been singing the song since at least 1997 and continue to do so today. Other teams in other leagues consider this melody as their type of anthem, just like how “We Will Rock You” is recognized by many people who follow Queen’s music.
Diamond’s voice has been a staple of Fenway Park since he took the field for opening day in 2010. He led everyone through “Sweet Caroline” following Boston’s marathon attack, and his solo performance is still remembered as one that lifted spirits after tragedy hit close to home.
Diamond announced his retirement in 2018 due to Parkinson’s disease.
Diamond released a statement at the time: “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years.”
He added, “My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good,’ thanks to you.”
The musical icon was in town celebrating a musical inspired by his life, Neil Diamond: A Beautiful Noise – in its world premiere on an engagement that spans six weeks in Boston ahead of going to Broadway.
But despite the icon’s appearance, the Sox lost to the Cardinals, 11 – 2.
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