Much has been said about the September collapse of the Boston Red Sox, and the face-plant that has defined the first several weeks of the 2012 season. I’m not going there, since you can’t tear down Josh Beckett, Larry Lucchino and Bobby Valentine any further.
What I will wade into is the state of the eighth-inning festivities at the ballpark. For what seems like far too long, Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” an ode to JFK’s daughter Caroline Kennedy, has wailed throughout Fenway.
But an odd ode it is.
Examine it closely and you’ll find that it’s a song written by a then 28-year-old guy…for a 12-year-old girl. Besides the creep factor of the song, it’s just worn out.
Hearing the diehard fans calling into WEEI and The Sports Hub, the takeaway is this: The song is played for the amusement of the corporate types, or "Pinkhats," who invaded Fenway 10 years ago.
Can the Sox afford to continue to alienate the loyal fans any further, especially if they’re heading into some lean years?
A new song might be nothing more than a Band-Aid, but it could come across as a seismic gesture of good will towards the faithful. That said, it’s time to usher in a new eighth-inning song.
Here are the candidates.