I'm embarrassed to say that my favorite team, the Mets, is ripping off your favorite team, the Red Sox, by conducting a sing-along to Sweet Caroline during the middle of the eighth inning at all home games at Shea Stadium.Mets fans discuss this here.
In my view, this is sad, because the sing-along is clearly a Fenway special, so to speak. I'm trying to get my readers to rally and lobby the team to stop ripping off Red Sox Nation.
I hate all music at the park -- I'm there to watch a baseball game -- but if a team is going to force some silly gimmick on its fans, it should be original. The Red Sox have been playing the song at Fenway for almost 10 years; they don't own the rights, but it's become a trademark of sorts. ... I like one commenter's idea of using a Ramones song. ("Beat on the brat with a baseball bat ...")
(Of course, anything the Mets come up with will not be as bad as the Yankees playing YMCA while its groundscrew rakes the infield every night. That crap blows any myth about pinstripe class and dignity right out of the water. And the fact that the fans cheer it as though it's a walk-off World Series winning grand slam is another sad story.)