Mr Met gives fan the finger, employee out as team mascot

The New York Mets apologized Wednesday night after their mascot, Mr. Met, made an obscene gesture toward fans at Citi Field.

But not everyone was offended by the mascot's gesture, with one fan writing on the social media site: "I thought that was awesome". "We do not condone this type of behavior", the statement read. "We are dealing with this matter internally".

But there will certainly be consequences: An anonymous Mets official told the Associated Press that the employee who wore the Mr. Met costume on Wednesday will not be allowed to do so again.

"Zack's obviously got some reps now, where he's starting to be comfortable", Mets manager Terry Collins said.

That's pretty much what the Mets season to date has felt like: being blindsided by a new weird side story every day and wondering what's going on.

You wouldn't want to meet the Mets' mascot, known as "Mr. Met", who has a smiley face fashioned as a baseball. This is a queasy observation in light of potential parallels to our authoritarian president and his ennobled base, but Mr. Met had suddenly transformed from antiquated merchandise shill into something of a dashing and defiant leader.

Mr. Met could have used my advice a couple days ago. "It was a NY thing", Rothman said.

This makes me wonder what Mets fans were saying to the mascot.

Mr. Met may only have four fingers, but he got his point across. The team didn't identify the person - a couple people usually fill the role during the season.

The incident happened during the fourth inning of Thursday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers that eventually ended in a 2-1 loss. Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez is scheduled for partial knee replacement surgery Thursday.

Whether or not it's actually possible, Mr. Met's popularity is rapidly escalating in the Twitter universe.

DON'T TAKE THE HEAD OF THE MASCOT OFF IN PUBLIC: The last thing you want to do is freak out a kid, whose image of a mascot might be shattered if he or she knows there's a real person in that costume.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the team tried to smooth things over with a get-well card and a written apology from the mascot, but the fan was seeking at least $15,000 for his injury and related medical bills.

  • Julie Sanders