Neil Diamond sang at Fenway . . . uninvited
One of the highlights of Saturday's Red Sox-Royals game was the appearance of Neil Diamond to lead the crowd in a singing of 'Sweet Caroline.' Turns out it was all his idea.
This is most excellent. As you're no doubt aware, the singing of Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park is a recent tradition of sorts, and since the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon it's become a way to pay tribute to the city of Boston and the strength of its people.
It so happens that during Saturday's Red Sox win against the Royals, none other than Neil Diamond showed up to lead the crowd in what had to be the most exuberant bellowing of that tune in the annals of music. But there's a backstory. Here's the tweet from journalist Paul Vieira ...
Red Sox radio guys say Neil Diamond showed up unannounced to Fenway @ 1230, called the switchboard & asked, "Can I sing today?"— Paul Vieira (@paulvieira) April 20, 2013
CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler adds that Diamond hopped on a 4:30 a.m. PT flight out of Los Angeles, landed in Boston at 12:30 p.m. ET and, as noted above, called up Fenway and asked to sing. That is just exceptional, and good on Mr. Diamond for his efforts.
And speaking of Mr. Diamond, he made a brief Vine chronicling his day at the Fens ...
To repeat: Most excellent.