Mr. Met: Earless, Fearless and Jobless

A strange couple of months at Citi Field

Sometimes, the passage of time can lend new resonance to a newspaper article.

Here’s how New York Daily News deputy sports editor Tom Biersdorfer concluded an April 7 report about an ongoing faux feud between Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard and team mascot Mr. Met. The chicanery had encompassed a photo of Syndergaard’s mother with Mr. Met on Valentine’s Day and the pitcher, at a press conference, playfully giving Mr. Met the finger:

After Syndergaard’s middle finger assault, it’s Mr. Met’s move.

With only four fingers, Mr. Met is going to have to get creative.

As we all know, on Wednesday May 31, Mr. Met did not let the lack of a fifth digit get in his way, resulting in quick action by the team. The person playing the mascot that night will no longer be called on for Mr. Met duty. (The viral video of Mr. Met giving fans the finger is eerily similar to the one featuring Syndergaard.)

The day after this week’s incident, a New York Post article alleged that it had something to do with the performer’s real-life mother. Apparently, this Mr. Met had endured a lot of heckling about his erstwhile baseball-head mom during the team’s 7-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers:

The wisecracks hit a nerve for the team employee wearing the costume, since he has been having trouble with his actual mom, the source said.

“The fans were cursing at Mr. Met with the F-word and saying derogatory things about Mr. Met’s mom… which led to the gesture because of a personal matter with his mom,” the source said.

We’ll have to wait and see if more details come to the fore. Various reports suggest that while the individual in question will no longer get to play Mr. Met, the team is finding him other duties. In the meantime, for a happier story involving Mr. Met and “mom,” check out this piece re-posted every year around Mother’s Day by a member of the Mets police. It’s titled “Mr. Met, Pedro and My Mom.”

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.