The Boston Red Sox have long had a tradition where they play a recording of Neil Diamond singing "Sweet Caroline" in the eighth inning of their home games, and the crowd sings along, most notably adding their "Whoa, whoa, whoas.." To honor the city, most major league baseball clubs have been playing the recording at their own home games the past week, including Boston's hated rival, the New York Yankees.
Well, over the weekend, Boston one-upped everybody. Neil Diamond himself was at Fenway Park in Boston to sing the song live (to the accompaniment of his recording). But the story is even nicer than that. Neil Diamond wasn't there before the Red Sox asked him -- he had been in Boston and called the team up on his own, and asked if they'd like him to come in and sing.
The appearance got a little bit of attention on the sports news on Saturday, but this is the full thing.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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