The 55-year-old pop star made a virtual appearance at the baseball team’s Thursday game against the Milwaukee Brewers and sang a tune for the crowd – “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
A video of Astley was played on the jumbotron and also shared on the team’s official Twitter account.
“Hi Phillies fans, it’s Rick Astley here and it is my absolute honor to ask you, on this throwback Thursday, to join with me and sing ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game,’” hy het gesê before belting out the classic tune.
As any Phillies fan would, he inserted the team’s name into the song.
Astley is the first star to participate in the Phillies “Throwback Thursday” promotion which will feature an ’80s celebrity record themselves singing the tune every home Thursday.
In a tweet that followed the video, the team referenced the popular “Rickroll” meme and geskryf het: “We totally could’ve Rickrolled this video of Rick singing but we chose not to.”
“Rickroll” is a meme that references Astley’s hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” in which the song’s iconic music video is shared by using a disguised hyperlink that will take a viewer to the video rather than the intended content.
“Never Gonna Give You Up” is easily the British-born singer’s biggest hit, having been released in 1987 and hitting No. 1 in various countries including the United States, die Verenigde Koninkryk, Kanada en Australië.
He was also known for the hit “Together Forever,” which debuted the following year and hit No. 1 in die VSA. en Nee. 2 in the U.K.