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Then, Diamond took an overnight flight to Boston and showed up, unannounced, at Fenway. He performed for the crowd. Inspired generosity or marketing genius? You decide. But with his strategic visit, Neil brilliantly ensured that we’d be stuck with “Sweet Caroline” through at least the Koji era.
The "get rid of Sweet Caroline" crowd strikes me as the kids in high school who would love a band until they got "too big" and decided they had sold out. Like it or not if you go to a Sox game, the majority of fans there enjoy Sweet Caroline and are having fun singing along.
I understand the sentiment, but I think you are overestimating how many people still enjoy it.
“You scored a home run in my heart,” Diamond tweeted after hearing it played at Yankee Stadium.
I think the Red Sox should play "Aqualung" instead. But only if they're behind.
People having fun at a baseball game is not a bad thing.
Where did the "Bap bap baaah" and "So good, so good, so good" audience singalong parts come from?
"God Bless America" annoys me more, but I'm not a fan of reflexive, compulsory displays of patriotism or any other sentiment, really. I expect to be annoyed by endless repetitions of Boston Strong, for example, and I don't need to be reminded to never forget 9/11. The day and events remain fairly indelibly burned into my memory, as I'm sure Pearl Harbor was to my grandparents and parents. Somehow it remained quick in their memory without constant prodding. This attitude could be old age and a New England upbringing at work, however.
I pretty much agree with that, but at least in Fenway the PA announcer is so low key that he doesn't make it any worse. And the way he introduced the Red Sox starting lineup before the game seemed like something from long, long ago, though maybe I've just been watching too many NBA finals.
Other photos and videos posted on social media from the party depict a wild environment at the house, with teenagers standing on a bar and perched on a banister in the main room as others dance below to Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.”
40. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: October 24, 2013 at 06:36 PM (#4582562)
The biggest thing I notice from the intros at Fenway is the lack of music. It's just a quick 2 note "ta-da" on the organ for each player and that's it.
Since when? We didn't get to a game this year, but last year Saltalamonkeyface had "Rock Me Amadeus" as his intro music.
41. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: October 24, 2013 at 07:22 PM (#4582571)
I believe Jose is referring to the opnening day and postseason intros. I missed them for Game One. I didn't bother turning to the game 'til 8 and they were already over.
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