Briefly Noted

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Fea­tur­ing Bob Dy­lan, Mr. Met and Theresa May’s klezmer en­emy.

In a ges­ture viewed with shock around the world — ok, just in New York — beloved base­ball mas­cot Mr. Met took the col­or­fully re­bel­lious step of flip­ping off a fan. But New York-based writer Sadie Stein thinks we should hold off on the out­rage.

Stein, whose work has ap­peared in the Paris Re­view, Time, and New York Magazine, had re­cently penned a heart­felt trib­ute to Mr. Met in The New York Times.

“I think Mr. Met is all of us right now,” she said, reached by the phone.

“My im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion was if he’s done this, he must have been pushed re­ally far,” she added. She could re­late: “This has been a re­ally rough cou­ple of weeks for a lot of us.”

There was also some­thing to ad­mire in the four-fin­gered, base­ball-headed char­ac­ter’s dex­ter­ity, Stein ob­served.

“Part of me is just im­pressed that he man­aged to do it, given how few dig­its he has,” she said. “I con­tinue to be im­pressed by his ex­pres­sive­ness.”

In her piece for the Times, Stein re­called in­form­ing a friend who in­quired as to Mr. Met’s race that the mas­cot “is a base­ball.” True enough.

Yet in his new dis­grace, for Stein, he’s be­come tran­scen­dent, im­bued with both new per­son­hood — “I think at the end of the day it shows that he’s es­sen­tially hu­man” — and a touch of the di­vine.

“In that Times piece I likened him to a god,” she said. “Gods have their caprices as well.”

As the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported, the em­ployee who gave a fan the fin­ger will not be tak­ing on the role of Mr. Met again. But Stein is stay­ing loyal. Asked if any­thing might de­ter her love for the ever-smil­ing, glob­u­larskulled mas­cot, she laughed.

“I like to think if he shot some­one in the mid­dle of 5th Av­enue,” she said. “That would cer­tainly do it.”

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