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2013-04-21 02:11:57 AM
Yep subby, you're a jerk......

//where's the damn benadryl
 
2013-04-21 08:52:01 AM
CSB:  That song was the first dance at my sister's wedding.

/yes, her name is Caroline
 
2013-04-21 09:14:39 AM
That was very cool.

Although, you'd think they could find a karaoke version to use since he was actually there.
/extremely minor quibble
 
2013-04-21 09:22:57 AM
can a boston farker explain the significance of sweet caroline to the sox? i thought they played "dirty water" by the standells.
 
2013-04-21 09:30:00 AM

FlashHarry: can a boston farker explain the significance of sweet caroline to the sox? i thought they played "dirty water" by the standells.


Google is your friend.

It started for no particular reason and became a good luck charm, then a tradition.
 
2013-04-21 10:14:40 AM

FlashHarry: can a boston farker explain the significance of sweet caroline to the sox? i thought they played "dirty water" by the standells.


The movie "Fever Pitch". They play dirty water at the end of the game.
 
2013-04-21 10:15:41 AM
Oops, I only added to the confusion. The movie is where they glorified the Sweet Caroline song and it stuck.

But yes, they do play Dirty Water also, but only at the end of the game.
 
2013-04-21 10:27:37 AM

jaylectricity: Oops, I only added to the confusion. The movie is where they glorified the Sweet Caroline song and it stuck.

But yes, they do play Dirty Water also, but only at the end of the game.


No calliope music?

/Obscure? I hope not!
 
2013-04-21 10:47:50 AM
Fairly awful, actually. Dude was singing over himself, looked like he was going to fall down multiple times, and hogged the stage for unnecessary amounts of time.
 
2013-04-21 10:53:49 AM
According to ESPN 's report on this, the Red Sox didn't ask Diamond to come sing.  He just got on a plane, showed up at Fenway, and asked, "Would you like me to sing tonight?"

/Married to a Red Sox fan
/Angels fan, myself
/Had to put away my good-natured trash-talking for awhile
 
2013-04-21 11:03:23 AM

the biggest redneck here: Fairly awful, actually. Dude was singing over himself, looked like he was going to fall down multiple times, and hogged the stage for unnecessary amounts of time.


Dude makes a spontaneous appearance for a city that was punched in the face this week and the crowd loves it.

And it's not the highly polished studio production you demand.

You are truly the victim of the bombing. We are praying that you stay safe and heal well.
 
2013-04-21 11:15:00 AM

FlashHarry: can a boston farker explain the significance of sweet caroline to the sox? i thought they played "dirty water" by the standells.


Because Red Sox fans are all gay and that's a really gay song.
 
2013-04-21 11:26:02 AM
What's weird is that it appears the Red Sox have a karaoke version of the song at the stadium. Or at least they did in 2010. Still a pretty awesome moment.
 
2013-04-21 11:27:17 AM

FlashHarry: can a boston farker explain the significance of sweet caroline to the sox? i thought they played "dirty water" by the standells.


Dirty Water would make much more sense. Neil Diamond is from Brooklyn. This would be like a J Giells or Cars song becoming iconic at Yankee Stadium.
 
2013-04-21 11:36:27 AM
Well, surprise unless you had it on NESN and saw them show him in (IIRC) the 2nd.

(Active Music Geek On) Though would it have killed them to get him (a) in-ear monitors or (b) a karaoke version, so he wasn't trying to keep up with his own singing???? (Active Music Geek off)
 
2013-04-21 11:37:37 AM
Yeah saw it when it happened live, I think they could have done with a better audio track.  Funny bit, the game was the MLB.tv free game of the day, but since I live near Boston it was blacked out... really useful. But one Brazilian proxy later and I got nice, HD service.

/Yeah Red Sox
//Booo MLB.tv
 
2013-04-21 11:38:09 AM

CarnySaur: FlashHarry: can a boston farker explain the significance of sweet caroline to the sox? i thought they played "dirty water" by the standells.

Because Red Sox fans are all gay and that's a really gay song.


TBH, it's the Pink Hat National Anthem.  Which is why most of us prefer Dirty Water, or Tessie, or any other Boston music.
 
2013-04-21 11:40:27 AM

mikemoto: FlashHarry: can a boston farker explain the significance of sweet caroline to the sox? i thought they played "dirty water" by the standells.

Dirty Water would make much more sense. Neil Diamond is from Brooklyn. This would be like a J Giells or Cars song becoming iconic at Yankee Stadium.


Yeah, but Sweet Caroline is about a Kennedy.  So it's not like there's no connection.
 
2013-04-21 11:45:20 AM

NeoCortex42: Yeah, but Sweet Caroline is about a Kennedy.  So it's not like there's no connection


Isn't dirt water too?
 
2013-04-21 11:50:38 AM

mikemoto: Dirty Water would make much more sense. Neil Diamond is from Brooklyn.


The Standells are from L.A.

And although this may lead to ever-lasting shame, I seem to recall that the thing with Sweet Caroline started when Ally McBeal was a hit.  They used to sing that song at their favorite bar, or something.
 
2013-04-21 12:01:56 PM
Boy they're really packing it all in aren't they
 
2013-04-21 12:19:18 PM
Very cool. Thanks subby...and Neil.
 
2013-04-21 12:37:39 PM
Just to quote from the ESPN article....

"The Red Sox said Diamond showed up at Fenway 40 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, called the switchboard and said, "Hey, I'm Neil Diamond, and I'm here. Can I sing? I flew in and I want to sing. Will you let me sing Sweet Caroline?" "

So, that was pretty cool, and explains why the person running the music setup didn't really have much chance to get a Karaoke version set up before hand.... and wasn't much of a risk for ND to just fly out and that the Sox would go "Eh, no thanks".   Although, it would be slightly amusing if they got tricked and this was just a Neil Diamond impersonator, although, even then, in the end, a fun moment none the less.
 
2013-04-21 12:43:35 PM
very Neil Peat-ish
 
2013-04-21 12:47:42 PM

dletter: Just to quote from the ESPN article....

"The Red Sox said Diamond showed up at Fenway 40 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, called the switchboard and said, "Hey, I'm Neil Diamond, and I'm here. Can I sing? I flew in and I want to sing. Will you let me sing Sweet Caroline?" "

So, that was pretty cool, and explains why the person running the music setup didn't really have much chance to get a Karaoke version set up before hand.... and wasn't much of a risk for ND to just fly out and that the Sox would go "Eh, no thanks".   Although, it would be slightly amusing if they got tricked and this was just a Neil Diamond impersonator, although, even then, in the end, a fun moment none the less.


Wish it was Will Ferrell.  "I wrote this next song after I killed a drifter to get an erection."
 
2013-04-21 01:02:33 PM

dletter: That was very cool.

Although, you'd think they could find a karaoke version to use since he was actually there.
/extremely minor quibble


That's why that video sucked. The crappy half-participating echo thing took away from any 'dusty' environment possibilities for me. Reminds me too much of the Van Halen shiatpile they called a "concert" last summer. It could have been really cool, but that was just not it for me.
 
2013-04-21 01:16:46 PM
I hate that they play the song but I think it's really cool that Neil Diamond did that.
 
2013-04-21 01:16:50 PM

dletter: That was very cool.

Although, you'd think they could find a karaoke version to use since he was actually there.
/extremely minor quibble


Yeah, hearing him try to keep pace with the recording was hilariously awkward. XD
 
2013-04-21 02:15:16 PM
"Sweet Caroline" was first played about ten years ago by one of the sound guys in celebration of his newborn daughter. It was a hit with the crowd so they continued playing it and it just became a tradition.

If the Red Sox win, they play "Dirty Water," "Tessie," and "Joy to the World (Jeremiah was a bullfrog)" after the game.

If the Sox lose the play "Will You Still Love me Tomorrow."

Resumed play after a rain delay is announce by the song "Bright Sun Shiney Day."
 
2013-04-21 03:15:42 PM
I was in Bleacher 43 yesterday.  Diamond looked trashed.  We didn't care.
 
2013-04-21 04:56:37 PM

FlashHarry: can a boston farker explain the significance of sweet caroline to the sox? i thought they played "dirty water" by the standells.


I thought it was the Sawks's effort in having the most unbearable fans of any team. Way to turn a hallowed ballpark into karaoke night at Chili's.


/srsly hate that song
 
2013-04-21 06:47:50 PM

soze: I was in Bleacher 43 yesterday.  Diamond looked trashed.  We didn't care.


So he was in step with the rest of the crowd.

/as awesome as Sweet Caroline sung at Yankee Stadium
 
2013-04-21 06:50:38 PM
Brooklyn's own...
 
2013-04-21 07:26:30 PM

WhatGall: "Sweet Caroline" was first played about ten years ago by one of the sound guys in celebration of his newborn daughter. It was a hit with the crowd so they continued playing it and it just became a tradition.

If the Red Sox win, they play "Dirty Water," "Tessie," and "Joy to the World (Jeremiah was a bullfrog)" after the game.

If the Sox lose the play "Will You Still Love me Tomorrow."

Resumed play after a rain delay is announce by the song "Bright Sun Shiney Day."


Might that be I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash?
 
2013-04-21 08:04:47 PM

the biggest redneck here: Fairly awful, actually. Dude was singing over himself, looked like he was going to fall down multiple times, and hogged the stage for unnecessary amounts of time.


Shouldn't you be on a balcony somewhere, yelling at muppets?
 
2013-04-21 09:49:13 PM

the biggest redneck here: Fairly awful, actually. Dude was singing over himself, looked like he was going to fall down multiple times, and hogged the stage for unnecessary amounts of time.


Was waiting for that comment....

No one sings a song exactly the same way after 30 years. If anything they should have given him a karaoke track w/o vocals. He was trying too hard to sing to his old song.
 
2013-04-21 10:22:37 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Neil-Diamond-Greatest-Hits-1966-1992/dp/B000002 8 OJ

OK...just trying to figure out a different song to sing as an ode to the baseball diamond.

Did he write all these songs?

Red Red Wine?
I'm a believer?
 
2013-04-21 10:26:03 PM

cretinbob: the biggest redneck here: Fairly awful, actually. Dude was singing over himself, looked like he was going to fall down multiple times, and hogged the stage for unnecessary amounts of time.

Was waiting for that comment....

No one sings a song exactly the same way after 30 years. If anything they should have given him a karaoke track w/o vocals. He was trying too hard to sing to his old song.


Singing over a song is generally never a good experience anyway, but, especially if you are singing over your own song.  Double that, this wasn't in some small intimate club... singing over a huge loudspeaker system in a stadium is even a worse thing to have to try to do.  But, given the circumstances (he basically called an hour before the game and said "Hey, can I sing at the game?")... I give it a pass.  It was much more the sentiment and the moment than the quality of how well he could line up with himself in the song.
 
2013-04-22 07:59:39 PM
Yep, still a godawful unlistenable song.  It came on in a bar once, and every girl started screeching that horrific chorus.  I thought I'd died and gone to hell.
 
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