Sweet Caroline is the official anthem of the Boston Red Sox.
Sweet Caroline is a song that was originally released in 1969 by Neil Diamond. It has since become an unofficial anthem for the Boston Red Sox, who play at Fenway Park. The song is played during every home game at Fenway Park and during away games when the Red Sox are visiting. Diamond himself has said that he doesn’t mind fans singing along to his song, even if they don’t know all of the words.
Why does Sweet Caroline play at Fenway Park?
The Red Sox have been playing Sweet Caroline since 2004, when it was introduced by team organist Josh Kantor. According to Kantor, he had previously tried to get other songs such as Don’t Stop Believin’ and I Love Rock ‘n Roll played at Fenway Park but failed to gain any traction with management. He eventually got Sweet Caroline approved after writing a letter to team management in 2003.
The letter stated:
“It’s simple: Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ is a song that brings back great memories for me (and many others). It’s one of those songs that you hear and immediately you’re transported back to another time and place.”
“It’s not just a good baseball song – it’s a great baseball song. It evokes memories of good times and bad times – it brings back memories of sitting in the stands or on your dad’s shoulders while eating peanuts or Cracker Jacks.”
“If there was ever going to be one ‘song’ that would make me come running out of my seat, this would be it.”
“So here we are ten years later and we’re still waiting for something like this (a big hit from 1983) – only now I’m no longer a kid with my dad, but rather someone who can actually do something about it.”