The 1969 Neil Diamond hit song about a young Caroline Kennedy has been a tradition at Red Sox home games in Fenway Park since the late 90's and is belted out during the bottom of the eighth inning — even louder when the Sox are ahead.
A sing-along with the famous "Da-DAH-dah" chorus at Yankee Stadium would have been considered blasphemous only 30 hours before but, in the wake of the horrible act of terrorism Monday afternoon, it seemed one way to say our hearts are with the Boston community in song.
While the 30,000-strong Yankee crowd's heart was in the right place, the song came out sounding exactly like a crowd who didn't know the words to a song and were forced to mumble their way through it.
There was some singing inside the House That Jeter Built, but mostly there was was giggling, beer-chugging and ice cream licking before the song was abruptly cut off in the middle of a verse.
Outside the famous stadium, the club earlier unfurled a "United We Stand" banner with the logos of both clubs and had a moment of silence.
Maybe it was being on the short end of a 2-0 game or the chill in the air but even Yankee fans have to admit the song sounds way better reverberating off the Green Monster at Fenway.
At least Diamond tweeted his approval.
Thank you NY Yankees for playing 'Sweet Caroline' for the people of Boston. You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil #OneBoston
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) April 17, 2013