New York Mets Show Class in Fantastic Tribute to the Beastie Boys: Fan's View

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For New York Mets fans, there wasn't a lot to like about the team's effort on May 4 in their 5-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

It was a mess all over the field, as Ike Davis took his hitting woes out to the field with an error in the top of the eighth that allowed Justin Upton to reach base and eventually score.

The bullpen was also quite disastrous, as Dillon Gee's solid starting effort was ruined by a three-run eight.

The inning was punctuated by a hanging slider from Jon Rauch, which was promptly crushed by Paul Goldschmidt to center field for a two-run double.

But for everything the Mets got wrong on May 4, their poignant tribute to the Beastie Boys made me forget all about the loss.

In a touching sendoff to Beastie Boys co-founder Adam Yauch, who passed away at age 47 on May 4, each Met changed their usual walk-up music for Friday's game, to a classic Beastie Boys song.

Many Beastie Boys songs are odes to famed New York locales like Brooklyn in "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn," so it was especially touching for a New York-based club to pay tribute to Yauch.

The crowd at Citi Field got rocking when Mets second baseman Ruben Tejada walked out to "Intergalactic," and Lucas Duda chose the Beasties' classic, "The New Style."

David Wright and Scott Hairston already used Beastie Boys' songs sporadically throughout their careers, so Yauch's passing hit them especially hard. Wright paid tribute by walking out to Brass Monkey, and Hairston came out to "Root Down."

There's no doubt that the Beastie Boys' tunes, combined with Yauch's passing, added some extra juice to the game, as the Mets were fired up on offense from the start.

Hairson, who often walked out to Beastie Boys songs during his days with the San Diego Padres, crushed a two-run double in the bottom of the third to give the Mets an early lead.

As a Beastie Boys and New York Mets fan myself, I was especially touched when the crunching guitars in "Fight For Your Right (To Party)" blared over the loudspeakers prior to Ike Davis' at-bat in the bottom of the third. Davis grounded out, but David Wright was able to score to give the Mets an early 4-2 lead.

Mets center fielder Andres Torres walked out to "Sure Shot," Josh Thole came up to "Whatcha Want," and Dillon Gee came out to "Body Movin'."

The Beastie Boys' 1986 classic album, Licensed To Ill, is one of my all-time personal favorites, so I'm especially pleased that the Mets walked out to a number of great selections from it.

Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets and Beastie Boys fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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