Jennifer Lopez sang ‘Sweet Caroline’ to lure Red Sox fan Ben Affleck into her dugout

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You know what I’ve been thinking about for days as it looks like OG Bennifer has been reunited? I’ve been thinking about Hustlers, and Jennifer Lopez’s opening scene, where she kills it on the stripper pole and dances so provocatively, no one could shut up about it for months afterwards. It’s a great scene. And I wonder if that’s when Ben Affleck was like “I should really give her a call.” Ben is nothing if not predictable! Anyway, after spending much of last week playing Escalade games and hanging out in Jen’s LA home, Ben and Jen likely spent some time together backstage at Vax Live! She performed, and then Ben came out and did a bit with Jimmy Kimmel (that whole shtick is getting pretty tired). While there are no photos of Ben and Jen together again, Jennifer seemingly referenced Ben and his favorite baseball team during her performance:

She’s singing his tune. Jennifer Lopez sang the Neil Diamond classic “Sweet Caroline” as a tribute to her mom at Global Citizen’s “Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” on Sunday night. But sources in the crowd couldn’t help notice that the song is also a Red Sox anthem — and that Lopez’s ex, Boston native Ben Affleck, appeared at the concert in a segment immediately following her performance. The tune has been played at every Fenway Park home game for nearly 20 years.

Affleck, 38, was a presenter at the show with comic Jimmy Kimmel, who poked fun at Affleck’s role as Batman — as well as the star’s predilection for Dunkin’ Donuts.

Page Six previously reported that Lopez — who just split from former Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez — and Affleck have spent time together since she returned to Los Angeles from the set of her latest film to start rehearsals for Saturday night’s concert.

At the show, Lopez, 51, sang “Sweet Caroline” with her mom, Guadalupe, joining her onstage. The pop star told the crowd of the song choice: “When I was thinking about what song to sing tonight, I remembered the song [her mother] used to always sing to me when I was a baby … if you would indulge me, I’d love to sing that one tonight.”

But some fans in the crowd at SoFi Stadium couldn’t help but raise their eyebrows. “That is 100 percent a Boston song,” noted one insider during the set. Indeed, “Sweet Caroline” is played at Fenway Park during the eighth inning of every Boston home game. The tradition formally began in 2002 when an exec for the team noticed the crowd’s connection to the song whenever it was played since the late ’90s.

Immediately after Lopez performed, Affleck was introduced to the stage with Kimmel. Affleck wore a sharp black suit and white shirt, while Kimmel was comically dressed as Batman sidekick Robin.

[From Page Six]

I mean, “Sweet Caroline” is a lot bigger than just “the song that’s played at Red Sox games.” It’s played all over the world, and it’s played at many sporting events. It’s one of Neil Diamond’s biggest hits and most beloved songs. It’s a great sing-along song. “Touching you, touching meeeeee!!” But sure, maybe she did it for Ben. What I find really interesting though is that her mom was there! I remember the stories from 17 years ago – Ben and Jen’s mom got along famously. They would go gambling together. Mama adored Ben. Which is why I think Jennifer brought her in the first place, so mama could spend time with Ben.

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44 Responses to “Jennifer Lopez sang ‘Sweet Caroline’ to lure Red Sox fan Ben Affleck into her dugout”

  1. Oh_Hey says:

    He couldn’t even make it a week without a Raya scandal. She wouldn’t be caught dead with him again if it weren’t for her ARod breakup.

    • Christa says:

      I know! Will she just drop him now? As much as she can’t be alone, she’s pretty good about putting them in the dumpster when she’s done with them.

  2. nicegirl says:

    I’m so embarrassed for JLo lately.

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      Me, too. The men she picks make me think she has self-esteem issues. If she just can’t go without a man, at least pick a nice one. They’re out there, Jlo.

  3. MsIam says:

    I hope they either hurry up and get married or breakup. I hope its not another long drawn out photo op relationship.

  4. Nomegusta says:

    The real question is, how many times did she scream ‘Lets get loud’ ?

  5. milliemollie says:

    I’m embarrassed for both of them.

  6. psl says:

    They are really working this PR angle, eh?

    What a crock of s**t.

  7. Jules says:

    This is getting tragically pathetic and I’m here for it.

    • Nyro says:

      It’s going to be amazing. Those two were entertaining as hell together 20 years ago.

    • Seraphina says:

      I too am here for it. It’s like a reunion of sorts and a very entertaining one at that. A comedy if you will.

  8. Asking for a friend says:

    Yeah, I’m going to need her to stop. Just stop.

  9. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Canned cheddar.

  10. MissMarirose says:

    “Affleck, 38, was a presenter at the show with comic Jimmy Kimmel”

    No way Affleck is 38. More like 48, right?

    • Becks1 says:

      Yes, lol.

      And as for this whole thing…..oh Jen Jen Jen. Just stop.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      yes! I was like “38?! maybe ten years ago.”

      and that was right. he is, in fact, 48.

      I don’t think her and Ben hooking up is a bad thing, as long as it’s just for fun and they’re not actually trying to re-do what they had. two good looking people having some good no-strings-attached fun times? I’m all for it.

  11. Chip says:

    My thoughts exactly! I’m 45 and he’s a little older than me.

  12. Nyro says:

    As soon as I saw a clip of her singing that song, I thought exactly the same thing. She’s performed all over the world in big arenas yet she’s never done these kinds of sing-along crowd anthems. And she does one on this night, where Ben is present, and it just so happens to be the Red Sox song? Yeah, she’s wooing him.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      she could also be trolling A-Rod as he was a Yankee for a while and they are traditional rivals of the Sox.

      it’s a two-fer! ;)

    • LaurenMichelle says:

      I just watched J-Lo on YouTube. Her rendition of Sweet Caroline was off key, but the crowd loved it. She cannot sing well, but I admire her success and work ethic. I figure she is using Ben to piss off A-Rod. No one cares about A-Rod if he is not attached to J-Lo. Ben is messy, but remains a powerful A-Lister. This is so fun to watch!

  13. Lizzie Bathory says:

    If these two try to foist a Gigli sequel on us, I swear to god….

  14. lucy2 says:

    This whole thing is so embarrassing for both of them.
    My university played that song at every football game, since way back when I was there, so this “it’s a Boston song” is a bit of a stretch.

  15. Merricat says:

    I don’t know if I believe that her mother sang this to her, lol.

  16. Amelie says:

    I had predicted she would hook up with someone from the movie crew where she was filming in the Dominican Republic lol, not have a rebound fling with an ex. I wish I could say I was shocked when I saw she had supposedly taken up with Ben again. But nothing J. Lo does shocks me anymore in her dating life. I ignored her entire relationship to A-Rod because I found it so uninteresting and never once thought they would ever get married. She is so predictable in her choice of men and she can’t stay single for 5 seconds. She’d surprise me if she ever actually took up with a decent guy. I don’t get it, because she seems like an awesome person who could easily find a nice guy.

  17. Dee Kay says:

    I’m 100% here for Bennifer Againifer. I really need this gossip this summer. I don’t even give one s–t about how embarassing, mental, f–ked up it gets, or how sweet, or hot, or high-fashion it gets. I don’t care if it gives us good movies or bad movies or no movies, and ditto with the music. I just want it. Gimme it.

  18. Lindalou says:

    Did she fire her makeup artists or maybe doing it herself (doubtful). Girl is looking overtanned and rough lately. In the last few un-touched pictures I have seen of her, she looks like her age now – looking like a 50 year OC Housewife. Maybe it’s me.

    It’s hilarious to me how she manages to keep people talking about her love life – despite being 50, likely pre-menopausal and some people are becoming young grandmas at her age LOL…but not, Jennifer- she wants us to talk about her likes she’s 20 again!

    • Nyro says:

      ITA. That “J-Lo glow”, bronzed and dewy, signature look isn’t working anymore. It actually ages her now, making her look leathery instead of glory. Which is a shame because she actually does have decent skin.

      • Justjj says:

        Idk what reality y’all are on, she does not look 51. Come on. She’s in incredible shape and despite the tweaks, is naturally gorgeous.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      Wow that’s incredibly ageist, so we can only talk about the love life of young people, and I’m young myself but let’s move form that mentality that a woman that is pre-menopausal (gasp!) is no longer interesting.

    • Korra says:

      I doubt you would complaining if we were talking about the love life of a 50-year old man. But internal misogyny is a helluva drug.

  19. Mariatia says:

    38? Off to google. No way. Wait I’m doig the math in my head. He’s not. Also this was a fun distraction from the royal gossip, but. I’m already over it.

  20. Diamond Rottweiler says:

    Sox own Caroline = scientific fact.

  21. 2lazy4username says:

    She has never been single. Ever.
    Take a year, girl. Enjoy your money, your success, your kids, your life, yourSELF.

  22. Sarcasm101 says:

    She can be as rich, pretty, powerful, great pole dancy as she wants, she’s insecure, weak with men, cannot be single, doesn’t even know what love is and needs a great shrink. She’s too old for this. Broken record.

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