Thievery!

And now a subject we can all agree on — the Mets.

Joy of Sox, courtesy of Metsblog, reports the Mets have begun playing "Sweet Caroline" in the eighth inning of each ballgame — much like a certain team 150 or so miles to the northeast that also plays that song at that time.

The Metsblogger, for one, is deeply embarrassed by these developments:

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.

We all know this is not the first time the Mets have been accused of ripping off musical selections from a better and more interesting another team. There was the "Enter Sandman" controversy, which seemed to die down about the same time it was discovered Billy Wagner had as much — if not more — of a claim to be the original chooser of the song for his entry music as Mariano Rivera (or it was around the time he started sucking. One or the other).

Now, "Sweet Caroline" is not a uniquely Boston song, nor is it about sports at all. Most people don’t really know the words except "Woah-oh-oh" and "So good! So good!" and that last bit isn’t even part of the song. According to this Globe article, the Sox chose it after hearing it at other stadiums, and one Metsblog commenter said he’s heard it for more than 10 years at Jets games (which might be reason enough to forever ban it from Fenway’s PA system).

Nevertheless, the Sox have been playing it off-and-on since 1998 (apparently more off than on because I never heard it, and I was going to games at Fenway until 2000) — and full-time since 2002, making this the fifth season Neil Diamond’s whiny voice has crooned from the Fenway speakers. That’s not a terribly long time (it’s no "Enter Sandman," after all), but it’s not exactly like the Sox started playing it because Julian Tavarez just had to have it before signing a contract.

Also, "Sweet Caroline" is featured prominently in a hit movie as being tied to the Red Sox. As we all know, if Hollywood says it, it must be true. So, take down the song, Mets. You’re not fooling anyone. It’s not like you don’t have your own movie — why not use some of the songs from that instead?

10 comments… add one
  • Can I vote to just give them the “baseball rights” (note the quotes) to the song and stop playing it at Fenway for good?
    I wouldn’t miss it.

    Steve April 15, 2007, 3:27 am
  • …Watching that Mets “movie” just lowered my IQ by about 30 points. I think.

    mouse - SF April 15, 2007, 3:53 am
  • i’m with steve…i wouldn’t get a vote, and even my opinion doesn’t count on this one, but i’ll offer it anyway: the sox use of “Sweet Caroline” as some sort of theme song is like chalk on a blackboard, and the “so good” modification makes it even more awful…i’m embarrassed for sox fans…

    dc April 15, 2007, 8:35 am
  • Cocaine makes you do crazy things, mouse.

    Paul SF April 15, 2007, 9:38 am
  • Par for the course, I am not surprised by this. The Mets are a little brother organization. They are always a step behind and when in doubt they do what someone else does. I thought their pitching staff was embarassing, that’s nothing compared to stealing two songs in two years. Wannabees.

    Triskaidekaphobia April 15, 2007, 10:15 am
  • If they’d be so good as to take Cotton Eye’d Joe and a certain jugheaded Irish tenor off of our hands we’d be thrilled.

    YF April 15, 2007, 10:50 am
  • To the Mets, I say take it.
    I think the only ones who would sincerely miss it are the pink hats.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 15, 2007, 12:23 pm
  • Mets rotation isn’t too bad, as long as El Duque keeps healthy. Plus John Maine is a good, young pitcher.
    Maybe if Pedro comes back healthy their rotation could be truly contention-worthy.

    Andrew April 15, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • Screw you guys, I like that song. Heh, I wouldn’t miss it really, but it’s better then most of the ‘amp up the crowd’ horse sh*t that every team in the league has deemed an absolutely necessary part of the baseball experience. Given the choice between Neil Diamond, “Everybody clap your hands,” Cotton Eye’d Joe, and generically awful hip hop, I’ll take Diamond any day. Ya’ll sound like ornery old men who just hate sing-alongs. Next you’ll be telling me that “Dirty Water” has to go. (The Dropkick Murphys did a cover at a St. Paddy’s day show…fricken awesome)
    Oh, and screw the Mets. The Nationals played “Caroline” last season (I think) during the 7th inning stretch, so they’re also sorta ripping off a division “rival.” It was strange hearing it in a park where the home team never actually expects to win…

    desturbd1 April 15, 2007, 2:08 pm
  • As a long-suffering J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets fan, I can (unfortunately) confirm that, to my great shame, the tune has been played at Giants stadium (for Jets home games) for quite some time.

    disgruntled April 15, 2007, 3:05 pm

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