Surviving Grady is not very happy about the use of “Sweet Caroline” after the final out was recorded last night, as that is the same song used during the 8th inning at Fenway Park.
But instead of just taking the high road, letting your performance on the field speak for itself and figuring a sweep of the defending World Champs would be message enough to send to the rest of the world at large, you had to go and do it.
You played “Sweet Caroline” after the final out of last night’s game.
That’s a play right out of Smug Upstart Wannabes 101–the mark of a team that’s so confused by its own success, it feels it has to take these opportunities to step on the 600 pound gorilla’s nuts when he’s down, because it’s not sure it’ll ever have another chance to do so. It was sophomoric–instantly recalling the “1918” chant that was popular ’round Tampa Bay before our 2004 heroics–and frighteningly lame. But it doesn’t surprise me.
We feel we should apologize to Surviving Grady and the rest of Red Sox Nation. You see, they clearly misheard the music being played. The song was in fact not “Sweet Caroline” by the ever-lame Neil Diamond.
No. The song that was played after the final out in which the Rays swept the Red Sox and stretch the lead in the AL East to 3.5 games, was actually “Sweep Caroline”.
Where it began, we can begin to know when (7th inning on July 2)
But then I know it’s growing strong (RAYSHEADS UNITE!)
Oh, wasn’t the spring, whooo (beat up on the Spankees)
And spring became the summer (beating up on the Pink Hat Nation)
Who’d believe you’d just run along
WINS, lots of wins..reaching out
Touching us, sweeping you
Oh, SWEEP CAROLINE
Good times never felt so good
We’ve been inclined to believe it never would
Ohhh, SWEEP CAROLINE, good times never felt so good…so good, so good, so good.
“Open Letter to the Tampa Bay Rays” or “The Thing About Karma” [Surviving Grady]