You may remember our vocal support for the campaign to Rickroll the Mets by overriding their largely-terrible selections for sing-along music with a write-in campaign for Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
Predictably, the write-in campaign was a resounding success. Astley’s tune was the will of the people. And just as predictably, the Mets refuse to cooperate. Instead of crowning Rick Astley the winner, they are going to force the songs that finished in second- through sixth-place down everyone’s throats and demand they choose a winner from among that group.
According to the New York Daily News, the Mets organization is not willing to believe that their fans are in possession of things like “musical sensibilities” and “a sense of humor” :
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.
Dear fellow Mets fans:
Please. Please. Please. For the love of Donn Clendenon, please do whatever is in your power to vote in Rick Astley during these manipulated corporate PR sessions. Hold up giant signs that say “Rick was Wronged!” and “Never Gonna Give Up on Rick!” and “Phillies Suck.”
This injustice shall not be tolerated!!!
Runoff to determine Mets’ new 8th inning song [Daily News]