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I love the '80s

Posted at 12:25 PM on April 8, 2008 by Chris Dall

The New York Mets take on the Tom Scheck's Phightin' Phils today in the very last home opener at Shea Stadium, which is doomed for the wrecking ball after this season. But as the Mets try to push away the memories of last season's historic collapse, a new controversy is brewing.

Over the past few weeks, the team has been inviting fans to vote for a new song to be played at Shea for the eighth-inning sing along. The previous song was Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," which happens to also be the eighth-inning song used by the Boston Red Sox, and is played at several other arenas and stadiums.

But thanks to the folks over Fark.com, the new song played at Shea could very well be Rick Astley's '80s classic "Never Gonna Give You Up." Apparently, Fark readers bombarded the Mets Web site with requests for the song, and Met officials are none too pIeased. In response, they're planning to play the top six selections on the list (which include the aforementioned Neil Diamond tune, Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer," and the Monkees "I'm a Believer") during their opening homestand and see which one gets the best reaction from the crowd.

And now I can't get that song out of my head.

The Tigers are Playing Like it's 2003

Posted at 9:03 PM on April 8, 2008 by David Zingler

20080410_tigers.jpgWith their 5-0 loss at Boston today, the Detroit Tigers are 0-7. Yikes. This team was supposed to be the class of the AL Central and, in many eyes, the favorite in the American League.

So far, the Motor City Kitties high-water mark has been their 5-4 opening day defeat at the hands of the Royals. Since then they've been outscored 39-11. Nobody thinks the Tigers are on their way to duplicating their 119-loss 2003 season, but with their $95 million pay roll, star-studded roster and high expectations, could 2007 be even more disappointing?

This team will rebound, but not enough. I've never been one to shy away from making predictions (yes, I'll never learn), but I say the Tigers finish about 85-77 and out of the playoffs.

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