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April 17, 2013
Writers from around the Tribune Co. reveal their favorite baseball singing traditions. Feel free to share yours in the comment section. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times I'm old-school, so my favorite singing tradition at baseball games is "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch.  It reminds me of going to games when I was a kid and, more important, of singing it with my son when he was young. Just don't ask me to sing it now. You'll wind up hating the song forever But in the non-traditional song category I have to go with "Sweet Caroline.
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February 22, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
It was a partylike atmosphere on Saturday morning at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, where the Knights unveiled their new $3-million baseball stadium and had a special guest, Neil Diamond, on hand to sing "Sweet Caroline. " There were celebrities everywhere. Pete Rose and Reggie Smith were there. Larry King, whose son is a freshman on the baseball team, was shaking hands and allowing lots of people to shoot selfies. Hollywood director Dennis Dugan, who helped design the stadium and asked Diamond, his good friend, to sing, was beaming with pride.
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April 17, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The New York Yankees paid tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings by playing the Fenway Park favorite "Sweet Caroline" at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. The song has been featured at Boston Red Sox home games since 2002. The Yankees played the Neil Diamond hit after the third inning against Arizona. Yankees fans sang along, and some people in the crowd wore Red Sox caps and jerseys. Diamond himself took to Twitter to thank the Yankees. Thank you NY Yankees for playing 'Sweet Caroline' for the people of Boston.
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February 20, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
It's hard to say what's more impressive. The lights, the all-weather grass surface, the comfortable stadium seating, the view from above the dugouts or the classy name plates for the people who donated money. Pick your favorite part of the new $3 million Sherman Oaks Notre Dame baseball stadium that will be unveiled on Saturday at 10 a.m. for the alumni game. They'll be able to try out the new public address system, because Neil Diamond is coming to sing Sweet Caroline. The new lights were turned on Thursday night for the first time, and they work.
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April 19, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
In the aftermath of Monday's deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon, sports teams have been playing Neil Diamond's “Sweet Caroline” in efforts to give solace to those affected by the tragedy. “What resonates for me tonight is the way music can offer comfort to people in times of joy or sorrow,” Diamond, 72, told The Times on his way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday night in L.A. “Tonight there are so many people getting awards, and sometimes you sense the questions 'Why are we doing this?
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April 22, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  It may be the most heartfelt ovation Neil Diamond has ever received. One of the legendary singer's best-known songs, "Sweet Caroline", has served as an unofficial anthem for the Boston Red Sox the last several seasons. It is played during the eighth inning of every home game, with fans coming to their feet and singing along. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last Monday, and after the two people allegedly responsible for the bombings were found, many Red Sox fans were looking forward to the game Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.
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July 17, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Neil Diamond is being accused of getting a little extra help from his friends at Fox when he sang "Sweet Caroline" at Tuesday's All-Star Game in New York. The 1969 hit, a signature song for the 72-year-old Diamond, has been an unofficial theme song of the Boston Red Sox since 2002 and has been played since the Boston Marathon bombings as a sign of unity. On Tuesday night at the All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York -- broadcast on Fox -- Diamond crooned it to a seemingly appreciative crowd.
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January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Dennis Dugan is a well-known Hollywood director ("Happy Gilmore," "Grown Ups"), but his real love is baseball. His son Kelly was a standout outfielder at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and is a member of the Philadelphia Phillies' 40-man roster. Dugan helped design the new $3-million Notre Dame High baseball field , and he's helping unveil it with some first-class entertainment. Dugan says that his friend, singer Neil Diamond , will open Notre Dame's field on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. by singing "Sweet Caroline.
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April 17, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
The Angels' game against the Minnesota Twins scheduled for Wednesday night in Minneapolis has been postponed because of rain at Target Field. Although both teams are off Thursday, the forecast calls for six inches of snow. So that probably won't work out. The best available makeup date could be Sept. 9, when both teams are off again and the Angels will be headed to Toronto for a series the following day. The Twins also had to postpone a game against the New York Mets on Sunday.
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May 14, 2006
Neil Diamond's "America" greeted hundreds of thousands of demonstrators as they made their way toward City Hall during the immigration rally in L.A. That was two weeks ago, and they probably still can't get it out of their heads. Still, they should be thankful--organizers could have picked one of these: "Sweet Caroline" "Cracklin' Rosie" "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" "September Morn" "I Am . . . I Said"
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July 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Syfy may have announced plans for a follow-up to its viral hit "Sharknado" on Wednesday, but screenwriter Thunder Levin hasn't heard if he'll be asked back to write the sequel. Levin spoke with The Times for a live video chat on Wednesday and revealed that neither he nor "Sharknado" director Anthony Ferrente have heard from producers about the just-announced sequel. Levin did say that he initially turned down the writing project, which had been called "Shark Storm" and was nowhere nearly as outrageous.
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July 17, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Neil Diamond is being accused of getting a little extra help from his friends at Fox when he sang "Sweet Caroline" at Tuesday's All-Star Game in New York. The 1969 hit, a signature song for the 72-year-old Diamond, has been an unofficial theme song of the Boston Red Sox since 2002 and has been played since the Boston Marathon bombings as a sign of unity. On Tuesday night at the All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York -- broadcast on Fox -- Diamond crooned it to a seemingly appreciative crowd.
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July 16, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
NEW YORK - He stood alone, atop the mound, atop a city, atop his profession. The fans gave him a standing ovation. So did the players, on both teams, from the top step of each dugout. Mariano Rivera touched his cap to his heart, waved it at the fans, nearly broke down in tears. "It was amazing," Rivera said. "It was a scene I will never forget. " BOX SCORE: MLB All-Star Game It was his last All-Star act in a game that will never forget him - well, except for the three outs he coolly recorded as soon as everyone sat down.
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April 22, 2013 | By David Wharton
Security concerns did not stop the London Marathon on Sunday, as a reported 35,000 participants ran through the streets of the city, cheered on by a tens of thousands of spectators. But the specter of last week's Boston Marathon bombing, in which three people died and scores were injured, weighed heavily on the race. Many of the London runners wore black ribbons and armbands. Organizers asked for a moment of silence at the starting line. "This whole weekend was dedicated to Boston, and we got huge support from London," wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden told the Guardian . The American racer won her event in Boston and followed up with another victory in London.
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April 22, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
  It may be the most heartfelt ovation Neil Diamond has ever received. One of the legendary singer's best-known songs, "Sweet Caroline", has served as an unofficial anthem for the Boston Red Sox the last several seasons. It is played during the eighth inning of every home game, with fans coming to their feet and singing along. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last Monday, and after the two people allegedly responsible for the bombings were found, many Red Sox fans were looking forward to the game Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.
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April 22, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of the Australian rock band the Divinyls, died Saturday in New York after a long battle with breast cancer, according to the Associated Press. She was 53. The Divinyls hit big at home in the '80s and '90s with four Top 10 albums, one of which, “Divinyls,” reached No. 15 in the U.S. on the strength of the group's breakout single “I Touch Myself,” which went to No. 4 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1991. Amphlett revealed in 2010 that she had breast cancer and that because she also had multiple sclerosis she would be unable to go through radiation treatment normally given to treat breast cancer.
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November 3, 1991 | DON HECKMAN
* 1/2 Neil Diamond, "Lovescape," Columbia. Two decades after the success of such brightly rhythmic hits as "Sweet Caroline" and "Song Sung Blue," Neil Diamond seems wearily content to play the role of the master of the lugubrious love song.
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April 21, 2013 | By Devin Kelly, This post has been corrected. See the note below
There's a musical tradition when the eighth inning arrives at Fenway Park -- the playing of a recording of Neil Diamond singing "Sweet Caroline. " Since 2002, Red Sox fans have grown accustomed to hearing Diamond's voice: Hands, touching hands Reaching out, touching me, touching you It's an appropriate sentiment for a city reeling from the Boston Marathon bombings. And on Saturday, the 72-year-old composer and singer decided to deliver the message in person. Diamond flew to Boston, calling officials at Fenway Park about 40 minutes before the first pitch to say he was in the city.
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