Ah, "Sweet Caroline". It's a cute little song and every game at Fenway, Red Sox fans, young and old, boy and girl join in a sing-along of Neil Diamond's song in happy revelry. Of course, I being an Orioles fan, I cannot stand it when I hear the song now, and it can also be heard during games in Washington D.C., which unlike it being played at a Fenway Park is sickening.
Thanks to the Red Sox, the crooner has the song embedded in the lexicon of baseball fans around the country.
This week, Neil Diamond let the world know where he got the inspiration for the famous song.
Um, needless to say, it kind of creeped me out.
Neil Diamond has revealed the inspiration for his smash hit and karaoke favourite Sweet Caroline - President John F Kennedy's daughter.
The 66-year-old singer-songwriter unmasked his muse after finally getting the opportunity to tell Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg when he performed the song via satellite at her 50th birthday party last week.
The star explained how he had been a "young, broke songwriter" when he saw a photograph of the president's daughter in a magazine.
"It was a picture of a little girl dressed to the nines in her riding gear, next to her pony," he recalled. "It was such an innocent, wonderful picture, I immediately felt there was a song in there."
Weird, in a kind a creepy way, in my honest opinion, although I can see him being amazed by a child. I still don't want to believe it just by hearing the lyrics. I assumed it was about an old girlfriend or a schoolgirl crush.
Alas, here are a few very out of tune Red Sox fans attempting to sing the song...