Different Mr. Met back at ballpark after obscene gesture
NEW YORK | Posing for pictures, shooting T-shirts into the seats and high-fiving fans young and old, the ever-smiling Mr. Met mascot is back in the lineup at Citi Field. Cooler heads prevailed, apparently.
A day after the person inside the funny-looking costume was caught on video making an obscene gesture to a fan, the team said someone else was doing Mr. Met duty at Thursday’s game against Milwaukee.
No one seemed too upset, either. “I love you, Mr. Met!” a couple kids called out as the popular mascot bounded to his pregame perch beyond the distant outfield seats. He got more cheers in the sixth inning, when he launched souvenirs along the first base side.
Mr. Met has been around for more than five decades, long popular with New York fans for his oversized baseball head. They seemed to be in a forgiving mood.
MLB didn’t seem inclined to suspend a mascot, rather letting this be handled as a club matter.
Video of the mascot flipping his finger during a 7-1 loss to the Brewers on Wednesday night went viral.
The Mets apologized after the incident, saying the offending employee won’t work in the costume again. The team didn’t identify the person — a couple people usually fill the role during the season.