A taste of Boston made its way to Germany during Sunday’s Colts-Patriots game.
During a break in play, fans in Frankfurt’s Deutsche Bank Park sang along as ‘Sweet Caroline’ played. Unlike Red Sox fans at Fenway Park, however, fans in Germany continued to sing the Neil Diamond hit after the music stopped when play resumed.
As the Colts began driving from their 13-yard line, Gardner Minshew heard fans shouting, “Dear Caroline! Ba-ba-ba!” right as he grabbed the ball. The fans continued to chant as Minshew roamed the pocket as he dropped back to pass. When the Colts’ quarterback evaded the Patriots’ pass rush and threw the ball downfield, fans were just finishing the outro and chanting, “Good times never seemed so good!” So good, so good, so good!”
Minshew’s pass ultimately fell incomplete as he threw it toward the sideline just to get the ball away and avoid a sack.
Rich Eisen and former Patriots defensive back Jason McCourty, who were on the call for Sunday’s game on NFL Network, got a kick out of the moment.
“Minshew, amid the Neil Diamond, throw it away!” Requirements announced.
“In the middle of the Neil Diamond,” a chuckling McCourty added. “You’ve got to love it. There’s nothing like coming here and playing this game in Frankfurt, Germany, with a little ‘Sweet Caroline.’ I just love it, Rich.”
“That’s a first for everyone involved, I think,” Eisen replied jokingly.
The Patriots were able to get a good result after the stadium sing-along of “Sweet Caroline,” forcing a three-and-out. However, the Patriots’ decision to do almost everything they could to block the ball on the ensuing punt didn’t work. Rigoberto Sánchez’s punt bounced across the field, went 69 yards and pinned the Patriots back on their 18-yard line.
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