The Sounds of Shea

An article by posted on October 23, 2007

We all know that our days at Shea Stadium are now numbered.  I remember this past season, being asked to take a survey on the music played throughout the stadium.  I received a light-up Mets pin for participating. 

So speaking of music, I decided to reflect on some of the sounds and songs played during the games at Shea in 2007.  Some songs are player-related, and we may not hear them again if the player is not back for the 2008 season. But here is a sample of the sounds I am missing during this long offseason we have ahead of us…

Bon Jovi’s, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” when a Mets runner scores from third on a base hit.  “I Don’t Wanna Be a Playa No More,” when David Wright steps up to the plate. (The sounds of Cassie’s “Me and U” can also be heard then.) Don’t forget the disco beat of the Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive” when Paul LoDuca comes up to bat. (As well as the Beastie Boys and the Italian, “Volare!”)

Forgive me if I butcher the spelling on this one, but I am going to miss hearing “El Esta Aqui” every time Carlos Beltran steps in the batter’s box.

The seventh inning stretch would consist of the traditional “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” followed by Lou Monte’s “Lazy Mary.” During the months following 9/11, “God Bless America” would fill in.

The words of Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” can be heard between the top and bottom of the eighth inning, and man, did the crowd get involved!

“Why …Don’t…You…Steal Away…” can be heard whenever one of our many speedy runners steals a base! I have also heard Chris Brown’s “Run It”, when Jose swipes one!

And speaking of Jose…we Mets fans have turned “Ole’, Ole’, Ole’ ” into the infamous “Jose, Jose, Jose” and are darn proud of it too!

As far as I am concerned, Billy Wagner is the original owner of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”, not Mariano Rivera.

"Every-body-clap your hands!" (clap, clap, clap, clap) seemed to be a favorite throughout many ballparks ths year.

"Taking Care of Business" was the sure way of knowing that the Mets won!

Other songs, such as Rihanna’s "Umbrella" and Gnarls Barkley’s "Crazy" were also heard at Shea in 2007, as well as many others, but too many to think of or mention.

To think the sounds of Shea…will soon be the sounds of Citi Field…not quite the same, huh?

On another note, I wonder if the Mets would have made an offer to JoeTorre had they not already guaranteed Willie Randolph’s return next year?  Let us know what you think….

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