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On Saturday, Fenway Park was graced with Neil Diamond’s presence as he joined in on the traditional Red Sox eighth-inning singalong to his iconic song “Sweet Caroline.”

Since at least 1997 and halfway through the eighth inning since 2002, the Red Sox have been singing along to Diamond’s 1969 classic. Since then, countless sports teams from various sports have considered the song a kind of anthem in the league of “We Will Rock You” by Queen. Only a little less aggressive. 

In 2010, Diamond sang “Sweet Caroline” at Fenway on the opening night following the Boston Marathon bombing to help support city residents in their time of need. 

However, in 2018, Diamond decided to retire after discovering he had Parkinson’s disease. 

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Diamond released a statement at the time: “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years.” 

He added, “My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good,’ thanks to you.” 

The musician was in town celebrating a musical inspired by his life, Neil Diamond: A Beautiful Noise – in its world premiere on an engagement that spans six weeks in Boston ahead of Broadway. 

However, despite the icon’s appearance, the Sox lost to the Cardinals, 11 – 2.

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