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Please Don’t Stop the Music



By Howard Megdal ~ July 8th, 2009. Filed under: Howard Megdal, Mets History.

I get the inability to put a fixed timetable on the return of Jose Reyes, of Carlos Beltran, of Carlos Delgado. They are individuals looking to recover from injuries.

But how are the Mets unable to put a fixed timetable on their own eighth inning sing-a-long contest? Now, more than ever, Mets fans need music to help them through this difficult time. But the status of the eighth inning singalong is murkier than Jose Reyes’ diagnosis.

Think music doesn’t matter? My wife is convinced the current postseason drought is directly related to an absence of any updates to Lucas Prada’s Mets version of And She Said…, one of the first songs to ever name drop Cliff Floyd.

Some background: last season, the Mets staged voting in April to replace the woefully unpopular Sweet Caroline, an eight-inning anthem stolen from the Boston Red Sox that single-handedly caused the September collapse. The voting of fans, in conjunction with the prerogative of the organization, produced I’m a Believer as the winner. (A disaster of epic proportions was narrowly avoided after the process was “Rickrolled”, and Internet voting phenomenon that produced tons of votes for Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up.)

Yet with the opening of Citi Field came the old problems. On Opening Night, the Mets played Sweet Caroline in the eighth inning, drawing huge numbers of boos. The DiamondVision couldn’t even find fans who were singing along. Hard to believe the Mets couldn’t reach the low threshold of “not directly antagonizing their fans through music”, but apparently they couldn’t.

By June, the Mets teamed up, inexplicably, with Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason of WFAN (where is original WFANer and lifelong Mets fan Steve Somers in this search?) to choose a new song, holding yet another contest, or so a June 26, 2009 press release said:

METS LAUNCH ONLINE VOTING FOR EIGHTH INNING “SING-A-LONG” SONG

Fans Can Vote Now on Mets.com for Their Favorite Song

FLUSHING, N.Y., June 26, 2009 The New York Mets today announced the launch of an online fan vote to pick the Mets Eighth Inning “Sing-A-Long” Song at Citi Field. Voting begins now on Mets.com.

WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton assisted the Mets in compiling a list of songs by submitting their own selections.

Fans can log on to Mets.com to vote for one of the following:

Eighth Inning “Sing-A-Long” Song Nominees

“Curly Shuffle”

“Hooked on a Feeling”

“I Like it Like That”

“Mama Said Knock You Out”

“Meet the Mets”

“This Land is Your Land”

“Twist & Shout”

However, there have been a number of problems with this contest. For one thing, it is nearly two weeks later, and as far as I can tell, there is no place to vote for the songs on Mets.com. I asked the Mets to provide a link more than 24 hours ago; they have yet to do so. A Google search returns… last year’s voting.

The Mets were unable to provide an end date for the contest, any vote totals so far, or a favorite song of the organization. I will update if an answer to any of this is provided to me.

The answer is clear. Let’s end this sham contest with sham songs and go with the obvious choice: Meet the Mets. It’s a song steeped in Mets history. It’s a song that doesn’t rely on fans to enjoy one particular genre of music or another; the correct genre for the song, of course, is “Mets”. Nobody would boo “Meet the Mets”- it would be like punching Mr. Met in his overly ample face.

The Mets can’t magically heal Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran or Carlos Delgado. But the Mets can, and should, make this right. Even if they are trailing 8-0 when it happens, Meet the Mets will give fans something to cheer.

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Howard Megdal is the Editor-in-Chief of The Perpetual Post. He covers baseball, basketball and soccer for Capital New York, MLBTradeRumors.com, New York Baseball Digest and has written for ESPN.com as well as numerous other publications. He is the Poet Laureate for SBNation New York. His book about Jewish baseball players, “The Baseball Talmud,” is available for purchase on Amazon.com and wherever books are sold. His next book, "Taking The Field", is available for pre-order on Amazon.com and will publish in May 2011.

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1 Response to Please Don’t Stop the Music

  1. Kings

    Seriously, Howard. Are you experiencing writer’s block. With all that is going wrong with this team, this is what animates you? OK: How about “Take Me Out To The Ballgame?” No good? How a team slogan: “Play Ball.” No, maybe that’s too much to ask. Golly gee, Ollie sure gave us a lift last night. And, that Murphy with the behind the back flip. Where are the clowns? Oh, right after the elephants.

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