Last week, we encouraged everyone to vote for The Eagles Of Death Metal to be played at Mets games this year. We clearly backed the wrong horse; it appears Rick Astley has won the competition. Kind of.
Yes, Astley's seminal 1988 "hit" "Never Gonna Give You Up," thanks to millions of Web users, was the winner, but the Mets aren't gonna take that lying down.
Rather than commit to that as the new eighth-inning tune since it probably doesn't reflect the fan base's wishes, the Mets will play the top six selections once apiece during the first six games of their home stand. The one that draws the largest crowd response will stick.
The other songs that made the cut, in descending order: Livin' on a Prayer, Bon Jovi; I'm a Believer, The Monkees; Movin' Out, Billy Joel; Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond; and Build Me Up Buttercup, The Foundations.
We will be at tomorrow night's Mets-Phillies game, and we will be screaming for Rick Astley, something we do every Wednesday night, no matter where we are. We encourage everyone else to do the same.
Runoff To Determine Mets' New 8th Inning Song [New York Daily News]