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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Yankees to honor Boston by playing ‘Sweet Caroline’ on Tuesday

In light of the tragic events in Boston on Monday, Yankee Stadium is going to play Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, the team has announced.

As many know, singing “Sweet Caroline” is a Fenway Park tradition.

Classy move by the Yankees to show this kind of camaraderie to their on-field rivals.

Thanks to Chet.

Repoz Posted: April 16, 2013 at 04:37 PM | 56 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gamingboy Posted: April 16, 2013 at 05:31 PM (#4416077)
Classy.
   2. The Ghost's Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane Season Posted: April 16, 2013 at 05:38 PM (#4416083)
This is a great gesture. The Yankees are to be commended.

Please, please, let no Sox haters try to ruin it by yelling or trying to sing something else over it. I'm sure they'll be a small, small minority, but hoping for zero of them is asking a lot.
   3. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: April 16, 2013 at 05:41 PM (#4416087)
After 9/11, didn't Sox fans wear Yankees hats at the first game back at Fenway? I remember those guys doing something nice. Hang in there Boston.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 16, 2013 at 06:02 PM (#4416102)
I hate Sweet Caroline far more than most people could conceive it possible to hate a song, but even I applaud this.
   5. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 16, 2013 at 06:27 PM (#4416116)
They played New York, New York at Fenway after 9/11.
   6. Bruce Markusen Posted: April 16, 2013 at 06:43 PM (#4416126)
Nicely done, Yankees.

As a Yankee fan, I can say without hesitation that I love the city of Boston. It's a beautiful big city with a small town feel and a great sense of history.
   7. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: April 16, 2013 at 06:58 PM (#4416135)
Yeah it's a nice gesture, kudos to the NY Yankee organisation. Unfortunately, I must echo #4, the song is just rubbish though.
   8. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: April 16, 2013 at 07:04 PM (#4416137)
It is an awful song, but the gesture is nice. I appreciate it.
   9. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: April 16, 2013 at 07:04 PM (#4416138)
That's nice. Good call.
   10. Drexl Spivey Posted: April 16, 2013 at 07:05 PM (#4416139)
This kind of seems like a cruel joke.

We're going to honor your city by playing...Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond!

It reminds me of the South Park episode with the AIDS benefit for Eric with Jimmy Buffet as the guest singer.
   11. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: April 16, 2013 at 07:05 PM (#4416140)
Also, NYS has the Red Sox "B" next to the "NY" on the stadium, which is also a nice gesture. Weird to see, but nice.
   12. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: April 16, 2013 at 07:07 PM (#4416142)
Ha, they're playing it in Cleveland now, while Jiminez warms up for the first inning. There looks like 2000 people in the stands, so the suffering is minimal.
   13. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: April 16, 2013 at 07:13 PM (#4416148)
You all are philistines.
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 16, 2013 at 07:23 PM (#4416154)
Wouldn't playing Boston's entire self-titled debut album during the 7th-inning stretch instead of God Bless America be the optimal solution? It would probably not take as long, given how they sing GBA at Yankee Stadium, and there would be no additional harm from exposure to Neil Diamond.
   15. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: April 16, 2013 at 08:04 PM (#4416199)
I'd have picked Dirty Water, but cool.
   16. Repoz Posted: April 16, 2013 at 08:45 PM (#4416255)
Neil Diamond just tweeted: "Thank you NY Yankees for playing 'Sweet Caroline' for the people of Boston. You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil"
   17. AndrewJ Posted: April 16, 2013 at 08:55 PM (#4416274)
They could have played something by the Dropkick Murphys. Or "Wicked Little Critta" by TMBG.
   18. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 16, 2013 at 09:21 PM (#4416315)
I guess "I'm Shipping Up To Boston" would be deemed inappropriate because of the amputation theme.
   19. Publius Publicola Posted: April 16, 2013 at 09:27 PM (#4416326)
I'd have picked Dirty Water, but cool.


Beat me to it. Maybe after the game.
   20. base ball chick Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:36 AM (#4416528)
can someone explain to me what that song has to do with

1 - the city of boston
2 - the red sox
   21. Baldrick Posted: April 17, 2013 at 12:49 AM (#4416531)
They play it every game there. People sing along. It's fun. There's no 'real' connection other than it's a thing they've been doing for over a decade now so it's become a tradition.
   22. base ball chick Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:16 AM (#4416538)
yeh, i know they do it, i was just wondering why that there particular song ever got sung/played in the first place
   23. bobm Posted: April 17, 2013 at 01:28 AM (#4416539)
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8. ekogan Posted: May 03, 2010 at 11:35 PM (#3521380)

Anybody know what year the Sweet Caroline thing got started?


Wikipedia - The song is a tradition in many Major League Baseball stadiums. Boston's Fenway Park has played the song since at least 1997, and it has been played at every game in the middle of the eighth inning since 2002 by the influence of Amy Tobey, a production agent responsible for the audio played over the park's loudspeakers. "She had noticed 'Sweet Caroline' was used at other sporting events, and she decided to send the sweetness over the Fenway speakers."[5]


135. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: October 10, 2008 at 07:24 PM (#2976151)

Does anybody know why Sweet Caroline is played at Fenway Park in every single 8th inning?



Kerri Moore, the Red Sox' media relations manager, said it started with former Red Sox employee Billy Fitzpatrick, who worked in Fenway Park's control room from 1984-2003. In December 1998, his daughter, Caroline Fitzpatrick, was born. At a Red Sox game the following summer, with Billy nearby in the control room, former public address announcer Ed Brickley requested that ''Sweet Caroline" be played. The DJ that night was Amy Tobey, and when she played the popular Neil Diamond song, she could tell the fans loved it. For a while, she played it only if the Sox were winning or if the game was close, but the reaction was so strong it soon became a tradition to play it every night before the Sox' half of the eighth inning.

I've heard that the Boston-set movie “Beautiful Girls” had a scene where the cast sing Sweet Caroline huddled around a piano in a local bar. This may be the source of the "Oh, oh, oh" and "so good, so good" parts. They weren't part of the original.




   24. TerpNats Posted: April 17, 2013 at 09:24 AM (#4416612)
Not to minimize the pain felt by people in the Boston area, but answering tragedy with kitsch is tasteless.

It reminded me of the response to the Virginia Tech shootings -- people were encouraged to wear maroon and orange (Tech colors), and the "VT" athletic logo (not the official university seal) was all over the place. Instead of a sense of healing after more than several dozen people died violently, it devolved into an ersatz pep rally ("we are all Hokies"). If something so senseless had occurred in College Park, I want to see it commemorated with the UMCP seal, not trivialized with Testudo (the terrapin mascot).
   25. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 17, 2013 at 09:31 AM (#4416620)
Not to minimize the pain felt by people in the Boston area, but answering tragedy with kitsch is tasteless.

It reminded me of the response to the Virginia Tech shootings -- people were encouraged to wear maroon and orange (Tech colors), and the "VT" athletic logo (not the official university seal) was all over the place. Instead of a sense of healing after more than several dozen people died violently, it devolved into an ersatz pep rally ("we are all Hokies"). If something so senseless had occurred in College Park, I want to see it commemorated with the UMCP seal, not trivialized with Testudo (the terrapin mascot).


I understand why you feel this way but as a lifelong Massachusetts resident I was incredibly grateful yesterday to places like New York, Cleveland and Miami who did this. It's not what they did that was important, it was that they sent us a message that said "we're with you and we got your back". Patriots Day has always held a lot of meaning around here. To have it attacked in such a vulgar fashion hurts. To have other cities stand by us helps.

To each his own of course.
   26. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4416639)
Should've gone with Tessie.
   27. villageidiom Posted: April 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM (#4416681)
Not to minimize the pain felt by people in the Boston area, but answering tragedy with kitsch is tasteless.
As in most cases, we answer tragedy with what we have (a) readily available and identifiable, (b) connected to the people or location, but (c) not connected to the tragedy itself. Kitsch fits.

I think most people in the Boston area, including those in the City of Boston, would have no idea what the seal of the City of Boston is. If you were using it as a symbol to convey sympathy or solidarity, it would be lost on most of the people you're conveying it to. Heck, you could use the BAA logo and have more awareness among local folk, but not much.

A baseball team in NY is making use of a song they would otherwise not use, to convey a connection to the city of their rival, much the same as the rival did in 2001. There is nothing wrong with this.

Now, if you're simply against kitsch in general, I'm with you.
   28. GregD Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM (#4416754)
Why not "Dirty Water"?
   29. villageidiom Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:05 PM (#4416982)
Why not "Dirty Water"?
Lyrically not the most uplifting song beyond the chorus.
   30. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:18 PM (#4417001)
Not to minimize the pain felt by people in the Boston area, but answering tragedy with kitsch is tasteless.

The point was for the Yankees to adopt a Red Sox tradition out of solidarity with the people of Boston - not an occasion to criticize others' taste in music.
   31. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:24 PM (#4417005)

I've heard that the Boston-set movie “Beautiful Girls” had a scene where the cast sing Sweet Caroline huddled around a piano in a local bar. This may be the source of the "Oh, oh, oh" and "so good, so good" parts. They weren't part of the original.


Great movie, but wasn't it set in upstate NY? Regardless, yes, the song is played there because drunk people with terrible taste like to shout along with the "bah bah bah" and "so good, so good" parts.
   32. Drexl Spivey Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:40 PM (#4417038)
The point was for the Yankees to adopt a Red Sox tradition out of solidarity with the people of Boston - not an occasion to criticize others' taste in music.


Norm MacDonald on Michael Bolton releasing a Christmas album: "Happy Birthday Jesus. I hope you like crap."

If you're going to choose a way to show solidarity with a city, don't pick out the single most mock-worthy thing about the city.
   33. TerpNats Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:49 PM (#4417056)
If you're going to choose a way to show solidarity with a city, don't pick out the single most mock-worthy thing about the city.
I'm sure there's something from the Boson Pops that wouldn't have been so...obvious.
   34. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:57 PM (#4417062)
If you're going to choose a way to show solidarity with a city, don't pick out the single most mock-worthy thing about the city


Sweet Caroline is 1000 times better than the soup jingle that the Yankees play called god bless america...of course even country music or rap is about 100 times better than that piece of #### brain and ear damaging non-emotive, piece of #### song.

Mind you I love Neil Diamond, and even though this isn't his best work, it's still a solid listen.

   35. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 17, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4417064)
I'm sure there's something from the Boson Pops that wouldn't have been so...obvious.


The William Tell Overture is the traditional finale for the 4th of July concert they do. If they were choosing something, that would be it.

The thing about Sweet Caroline is that it seems to have become associated with Boston. I don't know that the WTO or Dirty Water would be as recognized as Sweet Caroline is as relating to Boston. Those of you out of Boston can tell me better but I get the impression that more people know that Sweet Caroline gets performed in Boston than know that Dirty Water is the soundtrack of a victory.
   36. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:12 PM (#4417077)
The William Tell Overture is the traditional finale for the 4th of July concert they do. If they were choosing something, that would be it.


William Tell or 1812 Overture? The latter might not be in good taste for people recovering from a bombing.
   37. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:19 PM (#4417085)
Milwaukee played the theme song from Cheers in solidarity to Boston...One drinking city to another I imagine.
   38. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:24 PM (#4417089)
William Tell or 1812 Overture? The latter might not be in good taste for people recovering from a bombing.


Sorry, 1812. Somewhere my elementary school music teacher bangs her head on her desk.
   39. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4417090)
Milwaukee played the theme song from Cheers in solidarity to Boston...One drinking city to another I imagine.


Now THAT is fantastic.
   40. Randy Jones Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:37 PM (#4417108)
Norm MacDonald on Michael Bolton releasing a Christmas album: "Happy Birthday Jesus. I hope you like crap."


It was Kenny G, not Michael Bolton.
   41. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:38 PM (#4417109)
Oakland played "Sweet Caroline" also, but it didn't seem like any of the fans knew any of the words including "Sweet Caroline"
   42. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4417110)
If you're going to choose a way to show solidarity with a city, don't pick out the single most mock-worthy thing about the city.

Despite the opinion of BBTF elitists, Sweet Caroline is a popular song and the crowds at Fenway certainly appear to enjoy the ritual. Perhaps they are insufficiently exposed to the opinions of their "betters", but I doubt it.
   43. Drexl Spivey Posted: April 17, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4417114)
It was Kenny G, not Michael Bolton.


He has singled out each of them for the joke at various times.
   44. Publius Publicola Posted: April 17, 2013 at 05:39 PM (#4417217)
Great movie, but wasn't it set in upstate NY?


That's what I thought too but IMBD says the location is the fictional Knights Ridge, Massachusetts.
   45. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 07:50 PM (#4417324)
Good choice by Milwaukee.

I dislike Sweet Caroline the song, but I enjoy the Fenway tradition. It's fun, it came about reasonably organically, and it's something that's identified with the city. I appreciate the other cities nod towards Boston.
   46. Tim McCarver's Orange Marmalade Posted: April 17, 2013 at 09:11 PM (#4417411)
"Sweet Caroline is 1000 times better than the soup jingle that the Yankees play called god bless america...of course even country music or rap is about 100 times better than that piece of #### brain and ear damaging non-emotive, piece of #### song."

Your attempt at trolling is noted, briefly, and otherwise ignored. Continue your sad, pathetic life somewhere else. I'm an atheist and God Bless America is nonetheless a great American song. "Sweet Caroline" is an amusing pop ditty. One of these things is not like the other.
   47. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 09:21 PM (#4417424)
I don't think he's trying to troll. Or at the very least, he has a lot of company on this website in thinking that GBA is not a good song and that it's institutionalization into the 7th inning stretch is a travesty (especially given that there is a more universally accepted great American song played during that same break).

Give me My Country Tis of Thee and America the Beautiful and Battle Hymn of the Republic a hundred times before GBA.
   48. salajander Posted: April 17, 2013 at 09:28 PM (#4417436)
GBA is the pop ditty, but not amusing - just bad.
   49. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 17, 2013 at 10:59 PM (#4417535)
I don't think he's trying to troll. Or at the very least, he has a lot of company on this website in thinking that GBA is not a good song and that it's institutionalization into the 7th inning stretch is a travesty

WWII--> Star Spangled
9/11--> GBA

(preceeded by the the Flyers/Kate Smith connection in the 70's )

P.S. "My Country 'Tis of Thee" is Americanized "God Save the King/Queen"

P.P.S if they want to play an uplifting Neil Diamond song, then "I'm A Believer" is a better choice than SC
   50. TerpNats Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:13 PM (#4417553)
Or play Ray Charles' "America the Beautiful" -- the real national anthem.
   51. Non-Youkilidian Geometry Posted: April 17, 2013 at 11:38 PM (#4417573)
I'm sure there's something from the Boson Pops that wouldn't have been so...obvious.


I've always preferred the Fermionic Symphony Orchestra myself.
   52. puck Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:36 AM (#4417626)
Fans sang "Star Spangled Banner" at the Bruins game. They sounded pretty good, too.
   53. Karl from NY Posted: April 18, 2013 at 04:37 PM (#4418332)
The thing about Sweet Caroline is that it seems to have become associated with Boston.

For anyone who doesn't know, the song was inspired by Caroline Kennedy, and of course the Kennedys are Massachusetts icons.
   54. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:29 PM (#4418400)
For anyone who doesn't know, the song was inspired by Caroline Kennedy, and of course the Kennedys are Massachusetts icons.

This helps explain why they play Joni Mitchell's "Chelsea Morning" at Arkansas Razorbacks games.
   55. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 19, 2013 at 02:29 AM (#4418890)
   56. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: April 19, 2013 at 02:50 AM (#4418897)
There is some seriously crazy #### going on in Boston right now.

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