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Jeff Wilpon orders destruction of bullpen mascot “Stanley”

Apr 23, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

Jeff Wilpon photo

The Mets are willing to try anything — and I mean anything — change their losing ways. Even if they have to blame inanimate objects for their bad luck.

Prior to Thursday’s game against the Astros, the Mets destroyed “Stanley,” a black and yellow rolling toolbox that had become the bullpen’s mascot. It held some of the essentials (and non-essentials) such as candy, medical supplies, fingernail clippers, Krazy Glue and miscellaneous toys.

It would be one thing if this was just some superstitious act by the players and coaches, but as David Waldstein of the New York Times explains, the directive came from Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, who is in charge of daily operations for the team.

After watching the Mets lose 12 of 14 games and fall to the worst record in baseball, and with everyone on the team searching for real or symbolic methods to change the fortunes, Wilpon issued a simple decree: “Get rid of Stanley.”

Wilpon gave his order to Dan Warthen, the pitching coach. So, on Thursday afternoon, Warthen asked every player and coach to donate an article of clothing or piece of equipment to place inside Stanley as a sacrifice. Most obliged, and then, as in a scene out of a movie, Stanley was taken into a back room before the game and ceremonially obliterated with bats.

“Stanley” has been replaced by a pink backpack, which is being worn by rookie right-hander Pedro Beato.

Correlation doesn’t imply causation here, but hey, whatever works, right? The Mets have now won consecutive games for the first time since the first week of the season.

  1. steve keane - Apr 23, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    I wish the team would have stuffed Jeffey Skill Sets in “Stanley” and then blown it up. Little Jeffey is an utter embarrassment

  2. Glenn - Apr 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Sounds a little primitive to me. I don’t think that winning organizations do nonsense like this.

  3. uuddlrlrbastart - Apr 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    To be fair, the pink backpack had been in use by the Mets bullpen for the last several years, always carried by the reliever with the least big-league time, in this case Beato. I, for one, am glad to see it back. Though I’d prefer it if Wilpon would leave the superstitions to the players. And if he’d leave baseball decisions to the baseball people. And, frankly, ownership to someone else.

    • D.J. Short - Apr 23, 2011 at 11:44 AM

      Right. The pink backback has been around for a few years, but they hadn’t used it again until Thursday.

      • misterbill99 - Apr 23, 2011 at 11:21 PM

        And they’ve won 3 in a row since then. Coincidence?

  4. a125125125 - Apr 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Stanley’s response while being destroyed…..”Have you lost your mind? Cause I’ll help you find it!” Followed by “Did I stutter?”

  5. Old Gator - Apr 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Whatta joke. Wilpon Jr. has begun to exhibit the long-term congenital effects of inbreeding.

    • Glenn - Apr 23, 2011 at 2:55 PM

      Funny, but I was thinking that his photo made him look like some of the inbred royalty of Europe before you posted this. He has that Hapsburg air about him.

  6. umrguy42 - Apr 23, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Maybe the Mets just need a live rooster to take the curse off?

  7. spudchukar - Apr 23, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    What a fine mess you have gotten into this time Stanley…

  8. spudchukar - Apr 23, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Er… What a fine mess you have gotten us into this time Stanley…

  9. jwbiii - Apr 23, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    I was thinking more along the lines of something from “Casino.” NSFW, Scene contains violence, parental discretion advised, etc.

  10. visnovsky - Apr 23, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Better this than hiring a a Russian mystic to a 6 figure salary to improve the energy of the club from across the country.

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