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What do we really know about Mr. Met?

Jan 5, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

Mr. Met Love

Richard Sandomir has a nice story in the New York Times today about Mr. Met. About his history. About how beloved he is. And about how, despite all of the turmoil the Mets have found themselves in over the years, Mr. Met has always been there, smiling and spreading good will:

Mr. Met, then, can be seen as the one blameless figure in Flushing. Mr. Met doesn’t give up five runs in four innings. He doesn’t lose fly balls in the sun. He hasn’t lost his home run stroke. He didn’t throw in his finances with Bernard L. Madoff. He didn’t design Citi Field. He is, in his way, harmlessly pure. And as a result, arguably more popular than ever.

That’s one theory.  Another theory:  with a few exceptions, Mr. Met has been around for every bad thing that has ever happened to the Mets since he was introduced in 1964.

He’s the constant. You can’t blame Fred Wilpon bad stuff that happened in the 60s. You can’t blame Daryl Strawberry for the Mets recent late season collapses.  You can’t blame David Wright for the aborted dynasty of the mid-to-late 80s. You can’t blame George Foster for the financial turmoil in which the team currently finds itself.

But Mr. Met has seen it all.  He has sat back quietly — too quietly if you ask me — while others have taken the fall.

There are no accidents people. And there should be no sacred cows.  It’s high time someone got to the bottom of what, exactly, Mr. Met knew and when did he know it.

  1. El Bravo - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    You should read the Colbert piece in the Times…I haven’t read this one yet, but I guarantee it’s a better read in every way, despite it’s non-baseball-y-ness.

    • El Bravo - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      ….good article, nonetheless. i propose a cage match between Mr. Met and the Phanatic. consider it a rematch of the phlyers phans beat down of those rangers fans yesterday…dont think i missed that phillies nation…you still got it! being belligerent douches is what you still got! hahahahahah

      • b7p19 - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        You ever been to Geno’s? Not the place you want be drunk, dressed in NY gear, and spouting off. Certainly didn’t deserve the beating, but they do need to retake common sense 101.

      • phillyphreak - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:08 PM

        Geno’s isn’t really the place you want to eat either.

      • Jonny 5 - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        Mr. Met doesn’t stand a chance against Phanatic. He just doesn’t. Exhibit A.

      • Kevin S. - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        Geno’s also isn’t the place you want to be if you’re brown.

  2. natstowngreg - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    What we really know is that this is a really slow news day.

  3. lyon810 - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Such a generic, bland mascot. Wearing the team uniform with a head shaped like the primary piece of the sport of which he is a mascot of.

    Youppi trumps all

    • kopy - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Youppi does trump all. But to be fair, Mr. Met is a “bland” mascot because he was basically the original costume mascot. It’s like saying the Model T is a “generic, bland” car.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Look at the size of his head! He couldn’t even wear Barry Bonds’ helmet, and look at the flak that guy took over his head size. Mr Met = Juicer

    (TCM, am I a plagiarist now?)

  5. test2402 - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    This is what you want to write about?

    • bravojawja - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      Relax, dude, this is just a baseball blog, not the New York Times. Oh, wait…

  6. unclemosesgreen - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    We know he was around for Keith Hernandez in his heyday – that may account for the radical nasal surgery to block both nostrils. Like a gastric bypass for his sniffer.

  7. sdelmonte - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    He was never around for any of the countless bad things that happened on the road.

    And when the Mets did make the playoffs, were any of the great moments away from Shea?

    He is a force for good. Clearly.

    That said…as much as I love my Mets, I never really gave him much thought one way or the other.

  8. phillyphreak - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    From this picture, all we can infer is that Mr. Met is 2x as successful at getting the ladies as A-Rod.

  9. Jonny 5 - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      I’m sure he gives great helmet!

      • phukyouk - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:01 PM

        <3

  10. phukyouk - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    “You can’t blame Fred Wilpon bad stuff that happened in the 60s. You can’t blame Daryl Strawberry for the Mets recent late season collapses. You can’t blame David Wright for the aborted dynasty of the mid-to-late 80s. You can’t blame George Foster for the financial turmoil in which the team currently finds itself.”

    You know craig… I am finally understanding why you gave up law….

    this, my friend, is the USofA, and you can blame/sue anyone for anything at anytime. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    • natstowngreg - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      It’s all Abner Doubleday’s fault.

  11. Francisco (FC) - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Craig, if you keep writing posts like these I won’t have a reason anymore to do Lair posts…

    • natstowngreg - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      And we would all be poorer for it.

      BTW, when is The Lair book coming out? Can’t wait to buy it for my Nook (not to be confused with Nook Logan).

  12. nolanwiffle - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    “Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.”

    - R. Nixon #37

  13. acheron2112 - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    As Mr. Met himself said, “i got stitches on my face and bitches at my place”.

    http://dugout.progressiveboink.com/archive/dugout4-25-06×3.htm

    (The pictures are broken links now, but it’s Kris and Anna Benson.)

  14. mreezybreezy - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Mr. Met on the firing of Willie Randolf

  15. sleepyirv - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    What kind of name IS “Met?” Sounds suspiciously foreign.

  16. mojosmagic - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    He is balling Bernie’s horny wife.

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