From Adam Rubin at the New York Daily News:
Runoff to determine Mets' new 8th inning song
The Mets will have a runoff to determine their new eighth-inning sing-along tune.
The organization received 5 million votes on its Web site after inviting fans to choose from among 10 selections to potentially replace Sweet Caroline. An issue arose, however, when FARK.com readers bombarded the Mets with gag votes for a write-in candidate: Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up.
The Astley tune actually won.
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.
The Mets suggested the Fark tune winning didn’t necessarily result in the runoff, saying the contest rules stipulated Internet voters would “help decide” the outcome.
C'mon, Mets fans! Time to step up!
(Hat tip: DT commenter "ROC")
Situation critical! Rick Astley: Shea Stadium Fans Disagree With The Internet
You blew it, Mets fans! From Deadspin:
Sadly, opening day was the lone day for Rick Astley. Last night they played Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer," which received a much heartier ovation.