Sox Finally Sour on 'Sweet Caroline'
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Brian Evans' Song 'At Fenway' Will Replace 'Sweet Caroline' as the Eighth Inning Sing-a-Long at Fenway Park Starting on Opening Day
Neil Diamond 'Irate' About Decision to Replace Longtime Fenway Fan Tune
Werner, Steinberg Look Forward to 'Hitting a New High Note' With Red Sox Nation
April 1, 2013: With the start of the Red Sox season just hours away, Boston Dirt Dogs has learned that the Neil Diamond cult hit 'Sweet Caroline' will no longer be the song blaring from the speakers during the eighth inning break at Fenway Park this season.
'At Fenway,' a tribute to Fenway Park by Haverhill native Brian Evans, a.k.a. The Crooner, will take the baton at America's Most Beloved Little Bandbox, beginning next Monday during the Red Sox home opener against the Orioles.
“At Fenway,” which was coincidentally released last week on video, was recently included in the library at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. And just like the case was with "Sweet Caroline," "At Fenway" will play before the home half of the eighth inning no matter what the score of the game is.
The Red Sox brass behind this effort, specifically Tom Werner and Dr. Charles Steinberg, are reportedly hoping fans sing this part of the chorus aloud: "Gonna spend the day, over at Fenway. Gonna see them hit that ball ... a mile high. No matter where you sit. You’re in heaven for a little bit. It’s gonna be a great day, At Fenway."
In addition, William Shatner, who stars in the video above, is expected to throw out the first pitch when the Red Sox take on the Orioles in the home opener next Monday at 2 p.m. And while you are digesting this story, don't forget to look back at our Red Sox news on this date in 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.