Mr. Met flips off fans, reportedly relieved of mascot duties in 7-1 loss to Brewers
This season is even taking a toll on Mr. Met.
The lovable mascot reached a breaking point Wednesday and flipped the bird at some fans during the 7-1 loss to the Brewers at Citi Field. The defeat stopped a three-game winning streak for the Mets and dropped their record to 23-28 on the season.
A video posted by @adelucia35 on Twitter captured the moment when Mr. Met gave the finger to a group of shouting fans as the mascot appeared to walk toward a tunnel at Citi Field.
There is a lot of inaudible shouting in the video, but DeLucia told several people on Twitter that he and the rest of the fans were just trying to get a high-five from Mr. Met.
At 11:17 p.m., after the video had been circulating on the Internet, drawing a great deal of attention and ridicule, the Mets tweeted out an official statement condemning the actions of their popular mascot.
“We apologize for the inappropriate action of this employee,” the statement read. ““We do not condone this type of behavior. We are dealing with this matter internally.”
According to The Associated Press, a Mets official said more than one employee wears the Mr. Met costume during the season and that the person inside of it Wednesday night will not wear it again.
The incident came on a night that marked the 53rd anniversary of Mr. Met’s debut as the team mascot. Mr. Met, with former Mets ticket salesman Daniel Reilly donning the costume, first appeared before the second game of a doubleheader against the Giants at Shea Stadium on May 31, 1964, a game the Mets went on to lose in 23 innings, 8-6.
On Wednesday, a majority of the crowd of 26,517 had departed the stadium Wednesday before the end of the game. The few that remained booed relentlessly at reliever Neil Ramirez in the ninth after the right hander walked back-to-back batters with the Mets trailing 7-0.
The hostility clearly transitioned to Mr. Met, who’s gained notoriety recently thanks to his antics with now-injured starter Noah Syndergaard.
At a public appearance in early April, Syndergaard coincidentally gave Mr. Met the middle finger from the podium, jokingly referencing where a blister had formed. Syndergaard was forced to leave his Opening Day start April 4 because of a blister.
Syndergaard was not punished for his gesture. Mr. Met was not so fortunate.
For much of the 2000s, 12 years to be exact, the Mets employed the same man to be the mascot — Steven Boldis. But Boldis left his post after the World Series appearance in 2015 to take a construction job. And he was later upset he didn’t receive a N.L. pennant ring.
Mr. Met’s middle finger Wednesday is yet another blemish on an otherwise disappointing season in Flushing — filled with unusual and cringe-worthy moments.
First, after a one-run win over the Marlins on May 5, the Mets inadvertently tweeted out a picture of T.J. Rivera with a sex toy lingering in the background in Kevin Plawecki’s locker. After learning of the gaffe, the Mets deleted the tweet and re-sent it with the photo cropped. But replies to the second post included zoomed-in images of the sex toy, so the Mets deleted that too.
The very next day, Matt Harvey failed to show up for a game after admittedly staying out past curfew on Cinco de Mayo. The Dark Knight hit the golf course in the morning but never arrived at Citi Field for the Mets’ contest against the Marlins. He told he team he was suffering from migraines and didn’t inform anyone of his intended absence until the late afternoon.
Harvey was suspended three days for violating of team rules. Sources later told the Daily News that Harvey was heartbroken over his breakup with Brazilian super model Adriana Lima.
For the Mets, it just never ends.