Red Sox Music Always Adds Color

Katy Perry’s “Roar” came on the radio as I drove to my crossfit class the other day. It took me back to last season when I’d hear it at almost every game, one of many songs that make up the Red Sox music line up. With two more weeks to go before the 2016 home opener, it’ll only be a matter of time before I hear “Roar” more often. Whetherred sox music sweet caroline it’s the music the DJ’s play for the fans, or the walk up music the players choose, it’s easy to say that Red Sox music only adds to the Fenway Park experience.

For years baseball players have been choosing walk up music designed to motivate and excite them for their next at-bat. It might have started with. St. Louis Cardinals’ Lou Brock, who requested that the stadium’s organist play the theme from Shaft when he strolled up to the plate. Others might point to the classic baseball movie Major League when Charlie Sheen’s character Ricky Vaughn walked to the mound to the tune of “Wild Thing” at the point when walk up songs became popular. But if there’s one thing that’s for certain it’s that Red Sox music has always been interesting and fun. There’s no reason to believe 2016 will be any different.

Red Sox Music: Fans Love That Dirty Water!

Experts have long pointed to music as a prime source of motivation and positive
reinforcement, especially for athletes. When an athlete is in his or her flow at the gym, on the track, or walking up to the batters box, their choice in music allows them to visualize the success they want to achieve. That’s why it’s not uncommon to see people with headphones on at the gym, especially if they’re in the middle of a vigorous workout. For the Red Sox, many of its players choose 15 second clips from songs they have a personal connection to. Xander Bogaerts considered “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” by DMX because his first name starts with an X. Brock Holt tends to choose country music, probably because he’s from Texas. Before he left for Kansas City, Johnny Gomes picked “The Boys Are Back” by Dropkick Murphys because he felt it represented what he and the Red Sox worked to accomplish in 2013 when they won the World Series. Out of all the major league stadiums I’ve visited, Red Sox music is among the best.

Regardless of what kind of Red Sox music we hear this season, Red Sox Nation can continue to count on hearing classics like “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond in the 8th. We’ll also hear “Shipping Up to Boston” by The Dropkick Murphys (but only if we’re down going into the 9th). But let’s hope that whatever songs the Red Sox line up picks as their walk up songs this season, it’ll lead to the fans hearing “Dirty Water” by The Standells when the ballgame is over.

“Sweet Caroline” Becomes Baseball’s Anthem Cross Country

Sweet Caroline

It was the year 2002 “Sweet Caroline” became the anthem as the bottom of the eighth inning approached for the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park.  Ever since, it has played without hesitation at every Red Sox game.  It has become Boston’s anthem.  But it is now 2013 and tragedy has struck our beloved city. However, that just means stronger camaraderie as a city and as a country. This Tuesday proved just that when Neil Diamond entered the infield at Citi Field, in New York.  It was the bottom of the eighth at the 84th annual Midsummer Classic, the All-star game.  45,000 fans sprung up from their seats and sang along with Mr. Diamond as “Sweet Caroline” resonated the park. It must have been the largest sing-a-long to date.

Mariano Rivera

Called in during the eighth to make sure he would pitch in his final All-Star Game, Mariano Rivera soaks up an ovation. He tossed a perfect inning and was named MVP in the AL’s win.

History was made not only as Neil Diamond entered the field,but also when Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect inning (ironically) at the bottom of the eighth. With only 16 pitches, Rivera retired the side for what would be his last inning in attendance at the All-Star game.  The 43 year old will be retiring after this season. With 638 career saves under his belt, it was only right to have a standing ovation as he approached the mound.   

As for the Red Sox, Clay Buccholz attended the game, but was unable to play due to shoulder soreness.  The DH for the American League was our beloved David Ortiz who went 0-2 as did Dustin Pedroia before he was replaced by the Indian’s, Jason Kipnis.

It was the tragedy that fell upon our city on April 15, 2013 that brought our nation together in every sports stadium.  I remember the Bruin’s shirt on the statue that stands before TD Bank that stood for the 11 year old boy killed in the bombing.  The Celtics also paid homage to the city as their season came to an end, and the Red Sox, of course, paid tribute in their own way.  Nobody will ever forget David Ortiz’ speech.  I don’t think I have to repeat it.  “Sweet Caroline” is not just the Red Sox’ anthem anymore, it’s our entire country’s.  Thank you Neil Diamond for being such a true patriot!


(PHOTO:YouTubeClip)Neil Diamond at Fenway in Boston.