There were a lot of firsts at Fenway Park Tuesday night.
The evening marked the initial meeting between the Red Sox and another team during this version a Major League Baseball season, taking on the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. There was fake crowd noise, no crowd (except for a few cardboard cutouts in left field) and baseball being played with masked men hovering in both dugouts. (For the inside story of how the Red Sox are getting sound into Fenway, click here.)
And then came the introduction to the bottom of the eighth inning.
As is the case with any home Red Sox game, the conclusion of the visitors half of the frame means one thing: the playing of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," accompanied by a 30,000-person sing-a-long.
This time? There was still the song. But this time, that was it.
The scene elicited some unique emotions from those fans who otherwise might be sitting those seats, singing along ...