So we finally learned this week who inspired Neil Diamond to write the classic song "Sweet Caroline": Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of John and Jackie Kennedy. WATCH VIDEO
The song became a mega-hit, has become a karaoke favorite and is one of the all-time great crowd-pleasers.
In the past five years, it has also become a staple of Boston Red Sox home games. Since 2002, the song has been played during the eighth inning at Fenway Park and has become synonymous with going to Red Sox games.
That's all fine. But I'm going to speak now as a season ticket holder to the New York Mets. Last year, the Mets apparently decided to copy this Red Sox tradition, playing "Sweet Caroline" in the eighth inning of every game at Shea Stadium.
This is not a comment on the quality of the song or the nature of Neil Diamond's talent. That's a discussion for another day. This is more about the Mets apparent attempt to co-opt a Fenway Park tradition and fabricate a tradition of their own -- rather than be original and come up with something new or maybe even stumble upon something organically.
With all due respect to Neil Diamond (and Caroline Kennedy), I, like a lot of other Mets fans, hope "Sweet Caroline" stays off the speakers at Shea next year.