The Secret Service once threatened to take down Mr. Met
We all know Mr. Met as the lovable, smiling, giant-headed avatar of the New York Metropolitans. Apparently, the Secret Service has a slightly different opinion.
President Bill Clinton attended a 1997 game at Shea Stadium for the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's Major League debut, and one member of his security detail issued a stern warning to the Mets mascot. As AJ Mass relates in his new book, "Yes, It's Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots":
Now, no deadly force was necessary that day and Mr. Met is likely as patriotic as the next American. But it's important to remember that some mascots have long been menaces to society, existing at the fraying edges of decency and morality.
The Phillie Phanatic once took out three innocent racing sausages with one body slam:
The Pirate Parrot cruelly tormented fans in Pittsburgh:
And the Oriole Bird even took out Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington in one fell swoop:
Is there anything to be done? Can these mascots be stopped?
Fortunately for decent, hardworking, law-abiding citizens, there are still people like Chris Johnson and Justin Upton, carrying out justice on the lawless ballfield:
So remember, never turn your back on Mr. Met, not for one second. Because he's got a T-shirt gun and knows how to use it.