Neil Diamond sure knew how to raise Boston’s spirit a little more after the week that the city and its surrounding suburbs have had.
After finding out that the Boston Red Sox game against the Kansas City Royals would go on Saturday despite being rescheduled due to the manhunt for Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Diamond got on a plane from Los Angeles to Boston just in time to make it for the game. This only giving officials 40 minutes before the first pitch to get things ready for his arrival.
When the eighth inning arrived, so did Diamond, onto the field to the surprise of everyone in the crowd with a live version of “Sweet Caroline.” Instead of a recorded version of the song playing, they had the real deal right in front of them. It had become a tradition in 2002, that during the eighth inning, a recorded version of Diamond singing “Sweet Caroline” would play. Since then, the musical tradition has continued to this day
“I was humbled and honored to be in Boston and to be able to personally thank and express my gratitude to the first responders and law enforcement officers,” Diamond said through his rep about being in Boston after their ordeal.
After he was done performing, he took to his Twitter to post a picture where he captioned it “In the company of heroes #oneboston.”
Now, that’s something to celebrate.