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In a move that had been long-awaited, Neil Diamond joined the Red Sox in their traditional eighth-inning singalong and performed his iconic “Sweet Caroline.”
The Red Sox have been singing Diamond’s 1969 classic since at least 1997 and halfway through their eighth frame of play in 2002. It has become an official anthem for teams across all major sports leagues.
In the 2010 season, Diamond himself sang “Sweet Caroline” at Fenway on opening night. He even returned to this famous stadium in 2013 following the Boston Marathon bombing to spearhead the audience of the city in Sweet Caroline’s rendition.
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After finding out that he had Parkinson’s disease, Diamond retired in 2018.
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 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.
Yet, even with the icon’s appearance, the Sox lost to the Cardinals, 11 – 2.
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