UPDATE: YouTube now has multiple video confirmations that Shea Stadium was, indeed, Rickrolled.
So the New York Metropolitans are a baseball team in Queens, New York. Last year, they started a tradition of having a sing-along of “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond during the eighth inning. And by “started,” I mean “unsurreptiously borrowed from the Boston Red Sox.”
With the public getting wise, the Mets used the opportunity to put up a vote for a new, more suitable song for Mets fans – mostly kitschy, middle-brow fare like Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock-n-Roll,” The Monkees’ “I’m A Believer,” and most oddly, Bruce Springsteen’s “Waitin’ on a Sunny Day.” (“Sweet Caroline” was also among the ten songs on the ballot.)
The Mets’ big mistake? They left a write-in space.
And so, over the five days, a massive, grass-roots Internet campaign was born. Their mission? To make Rick Astley’s 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” the official singalong of the 2008 Mets. The biggest Rickroll ever attempted in the history of the web.