The Delightful Tale of How Neil Diamond Surprised Fans at Fenway ParkNeil Diamond, the greatest songwriter of this or any generation, took a redeye flight from Los Angeles to Boston so he could sing “Sweet Caroline” for the good people gathered yesterday at Fenway Park for the first Red Sox game since the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday.

The singing of “Sweet Caroline” has been a pretty well-known eighth-inning ritual at Fenway since 2002. According to MLB.com’s Jason Mastrodonato, Diamond flew to Boston on his own initiative, called the Fenway folks when he arrived at 12:30 pm, and said, “Hey, I’m here. Can I come sing?” Neil Diamond did this, of course, because he has spent his whole life writing songs about the healing power of love, but up until yesterday, they’ve only been words. Saturday’s Red Sox game, was his chance to prove that those words really mean something. (Also, the Red Sox won, because how could the universe not give the city at least a little something to smile and cheer for after putting it through such an awful week?) [THR]

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