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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Stadium Songs: Boston Red Sox

By Andrew Pentis
ESPN The Magazine

Fenway Park
Boston Red Sox fans look forward to a unifying tradition during every home game's eighth inning.
Every day of baseball season, in seventh innings around the country, fans stand and sing lyrics that were written way back in 1908. The sheer shelf life of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" proves that America’s first pastime has long been intertwined with its tunes. But for a more unique connection between city and club, teams rely on their own traditions -- some newer, some older.

We decided to find out the one song that each team relies on to get fans on their feet.

We're featuring the music from one team per day here on ESPN Playbook. To see past entries, click here.

Boston Red Sox
Song: “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
Tradition: Played during the eighth inning at Fenway Park

Fun facts:
• Released in 1969, the song peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.
• The club began playing the song in 1997 when a control room employee’s niece was born and named Carolina.
• Neil Diamond has admitted that the song was written about a child Caroline Kennedy, a daughter of John F. Kennedy with a connection to Boston (her great-grandfather was mayor and threw out the first pitch ever at Fenway Park).

Bonus music: “Tessie,” played after the 27th out in a win. Fans sang it for World Series wins back in 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916 and 1918, and since 2004, the team has used the Dropkick Murphys’ version.