Get your own song! Mets may play 'Sweet Caroline'

The Patriot Ledger

Hey, New York: Get your own song. “Sweet Caroline” is ours.

The eighth-inning Boston tradition has been usurped by the New York Mets in the past and there is a chance it could be played at Shea Stadium all season.

“It’s an oldie but a goodie,” said Billy Harner, a Mets representative.

The Mets held a contest for fans to choose one of 10 songs to be their eighth-inning anthem. After a bizarre write-in campaign for Rick Astley’s 1987 No. 1 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” threw off the results, the team has decided to play six songs over the course of six games.

“Based on fan reaction to the songs, we’ll choose the eighth-inning sing-along,” Harner said.

“Sweet Caroline” is on the short list, along with Astley’s tune, which was booed mercilessly during Tuesday’s game, and several others.

This is not the first time Neil Diamond’s song has been used by someone else in baseball. Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland’s cell phone played the melody when it rang at a press conference. And other sports teams, have used the song. But a steal from New York? Definitely not so good.