04/11/08 1:49 PM ET
Controversy surrounds song choice
Initial online voting was rigged by fans to pick Rick Astley tune
By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com
The team is currently running a week-long promotion to determine which song, from a list of six, it will play during the middle of the eighth inning of home games. Inspired by the success that Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" has had in uniting fans at Boston's Fenway Park over recent seasons, the Mets -- who also used Diamond's hit last year -- have decided to let their own fans choose the song they prefer.
There's just one problem. The results of an online poll, revealed earlier this week, showed that Rick Astley's 1988 hit "Never Gonna Give You Up" had won with more than five million votes as a write-in candidate -- the result of fans rigging the vote in favor of Astley, all part of a universal Internet phenomenon known as Rick Rolling.
The Mets, in good spirits, played Astley's song during the eighth inning of Tuesday's home opener, then watched as fans greeted it with a shower of boos.
On each subsequent night, they've showcased another song from a list that includes "Livin' On a Prayer" by Bon Jovi, "I'm a Believer" by the Monkees, "Movin' Out" by Billy Joel, "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond and "Build Me Up Buttercup" by the Foundations. After gauging fan reaction for each hit, the Mets will choose a winner early next week.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.