Sports are wild and wonderful and full of traditions you may not understand. From not talking to a pitcher who is on a perfect game to not shaving as long as your team is winning in the playoffs, there are countless examples throughout the years. Today we’re answering the question: Why do Boston Red Sox fans sing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” at home games?
Diamonds Are Forever
Boston Red Sox fans and curious sports fans alike have Amy Tobey to thank for that sweet selection. Between 1998 and 2004, she was in charge of selecting the music for Fenway Park. She had heard “Sweet Caroline” played during other sporting events and added it to the Sox’s in-game playlist. Toby “considered it a good luck charm,” and it eventually made its way into the eighth inning of every Red Sox home game.
One of the most memorable performances actually involved Neil Diamond on April 20, 2013. In the first Boston Red Sox home game played after the Boston Marathon Bombings, Diamond flew himself to the city so he could take part in the eighth inning tradition and help the city heal.
Good Times Never Felt So Good
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