Neil Diamond turned out to be a true Fenway Park favorite on Saturday, joining in the traditional Red Sox eighth-inning singalong and giving us an unforgettable performance of his iconic song “Sweet Caroline.”
The Red Sox have been singing along to Diamond’s 1969 classic since at least 1997 and halfway through the eighth inning since 2002. Since then, countless sports teams from various sports have considered the song a kind of anthem in the league of “We Will Rock You” by Queen. Only a little less aggressive.
In 2010, Diamond sang “Sweet Caroline” at Fenway on opening night. He even returned to the stadium in 2013 following the Boston Marathon bombing to spearhead the audience of the city in Sweet Caroline’s rendition.
In 2018, Diamond announced his retirement after discovering that he had 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.”
Diamond was in town to celebrate the world premiere of his musical, Neil Diamond: A Beautiful Noise, based on events from throughout his life. The legendary musician will appear during these engagements before going onto Broadway later this year.
But even with the icon’s appearance, the Sox lost to the Cardinals, 11 – 2.