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The Mets are giving up on Rick

It's another blow to democracy. Recently the New York Mets decided to run a poll on its website, asking fans to choose from among ten songs under consideration to replace Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" as their eighth-inning sing-along song. However, the website Fark.com suggested a write-in campaign, and their write-in candidate actually beat out the other top vote-getters, including "Sweet Caroline," Bon Jovi's "Livin’ on a Prayer," The Monkees' "I’m a Believer," Billy Joel's "Movin’ Out" and The Foundations' "Build Me Up Buttercup."

Against their better judgment, the Mets played it in the eighth inning at their home opener Tuesday. The reaction to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" wasn't pretty:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8ErbVOfvqw]

Now the Mets are going to have a runoff election of sorts, playing each of the top contenders during the first six games of their homestand and using crowd reaction to decide which one is the winner.

Something tells me the Mets are dumping Rick Astley. It's jut not fair. If the situation was reversed, he'd tell the Mets point-blank: "Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you, never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye, never gonna tell a lie and hurt you..." -- Joe Guckin