How sweet it is. The celebrations in Boston continued on Saturday following the terrifying manhunt that lead to the capture of Marathon bomber suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Crooner Neil Diamond surprised Red Sox fans at Boston’s Fenway Park with a live performance of their beloved Beantown anthem “Sweet Caroline.”
The song, which is sung at Red Sox home games during the 8th inning, was sung louder and prouder by Bostonians who endured a week filled with tragedy, anxiety, and eventually, relief and healing. “Sweet Caroline” was heard through baseball parks across America this week, as Major League Baseball teams (even the Red Sox longtime rivals the New York Yankees) played it as a sign of solidarity for Boston.
While Diamond didn’t really sing the classic so much as lead a sing-a-long for the enthusiastic crowd of more than 35,000 jubilant fans, the sentiment was what mattered most. On Twitter, the singer posted a Vine video of his surprise Fenway appearance with the message: “For Boston.”
Watch the moment here:
In case that wasn’t enough to lift the spirits of the city of Boston, the Red Sox went on to win their first game since the tragedies that struck their city by coming back to win their game against the Kansas City Royals with a finale score of 4-3.