NEW YORK – A thus-far frustrating season for the Mets took another bizarre and embarrassing turn Wednesday night when a cellphone video of team mascot Mr. Met making an obscene gesture toward a fan went viral.
The video was posted by the Twitter account of @adelucia35 and quickly was picked up by numerous websites. It happened on a night when the Mets were drubbed, 7-1, by Milwaukee to drop to five games below .500.
The Mets quickly issued a statement saying, “We apologize for the inappropriate action of this employee. We do not condone this type of behavior. We are dealing with this matter internally.”
It was unclear from the video what might have precipitated the encounter.
The Mets also had an incident this year in which a sex toy was seen in a player’s locker in the background of a photo posted on Twitter by the team.
Youth field to be dedicated in honor of Forde
The Mets, Major League Baseball and the Borough of Little Ferry, including the Little Ferry Police Department, will unveil the newly-renovated Shannon Dalton Forde Memorial Field on Friday. The youth baseball and softball field is dedicated to Forde, the late public relations executive for the Mets. She died in 2016 after a long battle with breast cancer.
In December 2016, MLB and its 30 Clubs held a “PLAY BALL Charity Auction” during the winter meetings for the fifth consecutive year. This particular auction focused on honoring the legacy and memory of Forde, and more than $235,000 was raised toward the renovation of an existing youth baseball and softball field in her hometown of Little Ferry. Renovations made to Shannon Dalton Forde Memorial Field included dugouts with protective fencing and benches, perimeter fencing, bleachers, backstop, and scoreboard and field signs.
SNY Mets’ play-by-by broadcaster Gary Cohen will emcee the event, which will include Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.
UFC president visits Flushing
UFC president Dana White was at Citi Field before the game. He took batting practice early in the afternoon, before the players were on the field. He later was introduced to right fielder Jay Bruce, who had delivered the game-winning hit in the 12th inning of the Mets’ 5-4 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
White said he was a big fan of Bruce, and Bruce said likewise about White. “This is a great organization,” White said. “Everybody has been so nice to me.”
Collins was asked if rehabbing slugger Yoenis Cespedes did anything “different” Wednesday after taking batting practice Tuesday.
“Different? You mean like play golf?” Collins said, smiling. Cespedes was criticized last year for playing golf while he was battling leg woes.