Re: Another Sweet Caroline Thread
posted at 5/14/2013 5:48 PM EDT
In response to TV-Guy's comment:
Hey...thanks for that informative post. I actually had no idea how Sweet Caroline came to be played during home games.
In reality, the song got its start at Fenway Park thanks to Amy Tobey, who was the ballpark’s music director from 1998 to 2004. She was responsible for choosing the music to be played between innings and picked Sweet Caroline simply because she had heard it played at other sporting events.
At first, Tobey played the song at random games sometime between the seventh and ninth innings, and only if the Red Sox were ahead. Tobey considered the song a good luck charm and it soon became something the fans anticipated.
But it wasn’t until 2002, when John Henry’s group bought the Red Sox, that Sweet Caroline become an official Fenway tradition. That’s when the new ownership requested that Tobey play the song during the eighth inning of every game.
Today Megan Kaiser is the person who chooses the between innings songs at Fenway Park, with the 8th inning exception.
Kaiser did add a slightly new touch to the playback of Diamond’s tune, as she turns off the sound during the most popular parts of the song. Red Sox fans know the words by heart now so they don’t need much help with the lyrics, and the song has become an important part of the ballpark atmosphere.
“Singing Sweet Caroline. That's cool,” said Red Sox third basemen Mike Lowell when asked about the vibe at Fenway Park.
How the song became so popular in the first place is another story, and no less than the songwriter himself is mystified at the success of Sweet Caroline. “No way to explain it. That's one of the mysteries of songwriting,” says Diamond, who has written and recorded 38 Top 40 hits in his career.
As hard as it is to explain, Neil Diamond’s catchy song has found a place as part of Red Sox Nation lore, and by mixing Sweet Caroline with the Fenway faithful good times have never seemed so good.
..it seemed so random after all.
I am not really a fan of the whole Sweet Caroline thing...but if they are going to play it..they should definitely only play it when the team is ahead. Nothing infuriates Red Sox fans more than a sing a long of Sweet Caroline when the Sox are down by 6 runs ( or whatever).
Can't think of one at the moment...but there has to be a better song to play!