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Neil Diamond surprised Red Sox with 'Sweet Caroline' sing-along

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10:31 AM ET 04.21 | Neil Diamond called the switchboard at Fenway Park at about 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon. "Hey, I'm here," he said, according to Red Sox officials. "Can I come?" The 72-year-old, who had flown himself to Boston just for Saturday's 1:10 p.m. game against the Royals, surprised the 35,152 in attendance after the top of the eighth inning and sung the song that's made him synonymous with Fenway Park. "Sweet Caroline" may have never sounded sweeter. The Sox stormed back in the bottom of the inning to take the eventual 4-3 win. Since Diamond's 1969 hit began making regular appearances at Fenway Park in 2002, the song has been considered the Red Sox's song. But this week, with the city suffering from the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy and the Red Sox in Cleveland from Tuesday through Thursday, "Sweet Caroline" was anything but Boston's song. It rang out at ballparks across the country. Yankees fans were singing the song at Yankee Stadium. It finally returned to Boston on Saturday afternoon.

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April 21, 2013  10:35 AM ET

Pretty cool gesture, even if the lyrics to the song are a little creepy.

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April 21, 2013  11:20 AM ET

I would like to them hang that SOB bomber at second base at Fenway.

April 21, 2013  11:49 AM ET

Pretty cool...

April 21, 2013  12:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wow. I get goosebumps being at Fenway and singing the song with the crowd. I cannot imagine Neil himself leading the chorus.Way to bounce back, Beantown.

Here here.

April 21, 2013  12:46 PM ET

Good stuff Neil. Thanks!

April 21, 2013  01:56 PM ET

Pretty damn cool. The look on the fans' faces were priceless.

April 21, 2013  01:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Pretty damn cool. The look on the fans' faces were priceless.

What a great pre-game and game yesterday! I could not keep myself from crying ... and we were out at our favorite dive for lunch.

April 21, 2013  02:03 PM ET

AND we won! Perfect.

April 21, 2013  02:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

What a great pre-game and game yesterday! I could not keep myself from crying ... and we were out at our favorite dive for lunch.

Nice. Everyone really needed something to cheer about.

April 21, 2013  02:06 PM ET

I love Sundays (except mowing the lawn this morning). Good coffee this morning, a tasty breakfast with my lady and now a couple POGmosas (Pineapple, Orange, Guava, Champagne) and some MLB.TV.

Tonight: Game of Thrones and Mad Men.

Sundays rock!

April 21, 2013  02:06 PM ET

Enjoy your day Cat!

Mond-out.

April 21, 2013  02:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

What a great pre-game and game yesterday! I could not keep myself from crying ... and we were out at our favorite dive for lunch.

Very touching indeed............



Go Red Sox !!!!!!!!!!

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April 21, 2013  06:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Pretty cool gesture, even if the lyrics to the song are a little creepy.

Some lyrics are more appropriate than ever:

And when I hurt,
Hurtin' runs off my shoulders
How can I hurt when I'm with you

April 21, 2013  06:23 PM ET

Good call by Neil, by the way. Kinda like a neighbor showing up with a full casserole dish when you are having hard times.

April 21, 2013  07:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Good call by Neil, by the way. Kinda like a neighbor showing up with a full casserole dish when you are having hard times.

Only 1,000 times better!

April 21, 2013  08:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Wow. I get goosebumps being at Fenway and singing the song with the crowd. I cannot imagine Neil himself leading the chorus.Way to bounce back, Beantown.

awesome

April 21, 2013  08:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Good call by Neil, by the way. Kinda like a neighbor showing up with a full casserole dish when you are having hard times.

exactly

 
April 22, 2013  11:44 AM ET

they couldnt have had the instrumental track ready for him...the the over over dub dub ruined ruined it it

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