Littlefield On Sports: In The Wake Of Tragedy
In ballparks around the country last week, one song played again and again.
Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” — a Fenway Park 7th inning-stretch ritual — became the sports anthem across the country in support of the people of Boston. This past Saturday at Fenway Park, Red Sox fans got a special performance from Diamond himself.
While Diamond sang his song along with the crowds, cameras panned in on fans hugging each other, holding posters “Boston Strong.”
It’s almost as if the stadium became, just for a few minutes, a church….a community center…. a place where everyone could just be together. So what is it about sports that makes this possible?
Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game (@onlyagameradio)
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