Dif­fer­ent Mr. Met back at ball­park af­ter ob­scene ges­ture

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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.

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