Neil Diamond’s music is playing a role in honoring those affected by Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing. The crowd at New York’s Yankee Stadium sang along with “Sweet Caroline,” which the Yankees played after the third inning of Tuesday night’s game as a tribute to the victims.
Diamond used Twitter to express his appreciation that his song was used in the salute, tweeting, “Thank you NY Yankees for playing ‘Sweet Caroline’ for the people of Boston. You scored a home run in my heart.” And by the end of the night the singer was also tweeting his thanks to a number of other teams, including the Chicago Cubs, the Oakland Athletics, the Atlanta Braves, the Miami Marlins, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. MLB.com says the the Cincinnati Reds, the Seattle Mariners, and the Cleveland Indians — who were hosting the Boston Red Sox — also played “Sweet Caroline” as a tribute to Boston during their games Tuesday.
“Sweet Caroline” has become a feature of Red Sox home games. Since the late 1990’s, Diamond’s 1969 hit has been played in the middle of the eighth inning at every game played at Fenway Park.