Ceremonies before the game, postponed because of the massive police manhunt for suspect #2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, honoring victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, as well as the city’s police and fire departments, featured a live, 8th inning performance of “Sweet Caroline” by singer Neil Diamond, who came in unannounced an unplanned for the performance.
His 1969 hit is the unofficial anthem of the team and played during every home-game eighth inning since 2002. He last sang it live at Fenway for the 2010 season opener. This week, it was played in MLB ballparks throughout the country Tuesday to show support for Boston.
Diamond was quoted as saying that he was humbled and honored to be in Boston and to be able to personally thank and express his gratitude to the first responders and law enforcement officers.
“What an honor it is for me to be here today!” Diamond told the 35,000 in attendance, “I bring love from the whole country.”
The song was actually inspired by John F. Kennedy’s Daughter, Caroline.
The Boston Red Sox had a 4-3 victory over Kansas City, with a lot of help from Daniel Nava’s three run homer in the 8th inning.