Sweet Caroline, this song is echoed during the late innings at every Red Sox game. Why? It seems that people like to get a little drunk and sing it, but what historical reference does it have to the team? The answer is none. The Neil Diamond classic has no historical reference to the team what so ever. It's a song about Caroline Kennedy. People will point to "Well, she is from Massachusetts." but is that really why people belt it out after eight innings? I can't point to a single lyric in the song that has to do with the Red Sox, at all.
The ritual of singing this song after the bottom of the eighth, even astounds the most loyal fans. Why did it start? Who came up with the idea? These are some of the questions that I have asked myself for years. To make the argument "Bandwagon vs True fans vs PR people" is completely ubsurd and should be thrown out the window. The fact is, all three ends happily sing along to the tune once it's played, most with no recognition as to what significance it has to the team what so ever.
I come with a proposition to all of you. A song that does have some significance to the Red Sox, and does hold some value to the organization and was even dug up by the PR department at Fenway. The song being "Tessie" by Boston's own Dropkick Murphy's. Why Tessie? Tessie was a song made famous in the early 1900's by a group of fans known as the Royal Rooters, lead by Michael T. McGreevy. Who would sing the song to distract the opposing hitters, starting with the 1903 Pittsburgh Pirates and would become a staple for the very first World Series in 1903. In 2004, "Tessie" was brought back to life by the Dropkick Murphy's, with a whole new sound, but creating a buzz around the team, just like it did back in 1903. The Red Sox would go on to eventually win the World Series that year making the rebirth of the lyrical beauty that much more savoring.
Tessie's remake, much like Sweet Caroline; is a very upbeat, enjoyable tune to listen to. With it's historical relevance in tact and it's link to the team standing; This should be the song played after the middle of the eighth inning.