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Thursday, April 17, 2014

NY Daily News: Secret Service Threatened To Shoot Mr. Met

A Secret Service agent threatened to put some high heat in the Mets mascot’s oversized dome if he ventured too close to former President Bill Clinton during a 1997 game at Shea Stadium. “We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen,” the agent warned. “Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. But approach the President, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?”

AJ Mass, the man inside the Mr. Met outfit from 1994-97, recounted his brush with mortality (and perhaps immortality) in his new memoir “Yes, It’s Hot in Here — Adventures in the Weird, Wooly World of Sports Mascots.”

Aim for the head!

The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:53 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bill clinton, book, mascots, mets, overkill, shooting, throbing head

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   1. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: April 18, 2014 at 10:19 AM (#4688399)
Between this and Mrs. Met's infidelity, I don't know how the poor guy could keep coming to work.
   2. JE (Jason) Posted: April 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM (#4688462)
In fairness, RMc, that's only two known crises over a 17-year span.
   3. JE (Jason) Posted: April 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM (#4688470)
FTA:
Mass was angling to get a picture with Clinton on April 15, 1997 — the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s historic first major league game.

Accompanied by two female college interns, the costumed Mass set off in search of his presidential prey: “The holy grail for all mascots — a photo op and meet and greet with a sitting President,” he wrote.

His hopes were soon crushed by the Secret Service agent sporting a dark suit and a darker mood.

Mass recalled the agent started eyeballing him after Mr. Met’s head failed to fit through an on-field metal detector.


Who cares about that? What happened to the two female college interns???
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM (#4688491)
What part of "meet with Bill Clinton" don't you get?
   5. Swedish Chef Posted: April 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM (#4688499)
Secret Service Man: Mr. Met wants to get a photo op with you, Mr President, is that OK?
Bill Clinton: Sure thing, go ahead.
Secret Service Man: And he's bringing two coeds with him.
Bill Clinton: Lose the mascot.
   6. depletion Posted: April 18, 2014 at 01:17 PM (#4688557)
They thought his head would explode.
   7. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 18, 2014 at 01:20 PM (#4688559)
If a mascot gets shot through the head by the secret service that would top the Mariner Moose breaking his leg as my favorite mascot moment.
   8. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 18, 2014 at 01:50 PM (#4688580)
In fairness, RMc, that's only two known crises over a 17-year span.


Well, he also had to watch the Mets
   9. Dale Sams Posted: April 18, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4688592)
Hopefully when shooting mascots with oversized heads, the 'kill shot' is center mass...and not...the oversized head.
   10. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: April 18, 2014 at 02:17 PM (#4688601)
That would depend on how drunk the secret service agent was.
   11. Gamingboy Posted: April 18, 2014 at 02:32 PM (#4688609)

Well, he also had to watch the Mets


So.... unlimited crises?
   12. depletion Posted: April 18, 2014 at 03:32 PM (#4688649)
"Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. But approach the President, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?"

Wait. So I should approach the President, and then you'll take the picture? Great! Gotta go now.
   13. valuearbitrageur Posted: April 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM (#4689008)
They allow the secret service to carry sniper rifles into public stadiums? Isn't that dangerous, and doesn't NYC have a strict gun control laws?
   14. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: April 19, 2014 at 12:37 AM (#4689009)
Watching a Secret Service sniper take out Mr Met in 1997 very well might have been the most entertaining thing to have occurred at Shea Stadium in nearly a decade. At the very least, it would have made for an awesome commemorative bobblehead promo in future seasons.
   15. PreservedFish Posted: April 19, 2014 at 01:16 AM (#4689016)
Watching a Secret Service sniper take out Mr Met in 1997 very well might have been the most entertaining thing to have occurred at Shea Stadium in nearly a decade.


The first several shots might have passed harmlessly through foam.
   16. tfbg9 Posted: April 19, 2014 at 09:30 AM (#4689039)
Bill Clinton: No no no! I said "a little head!"
   17. AndrewJ Posted: April 19, 2014 at 09:39 AM (#4689043)
I attended Syracuse with Mr. Mass in the 1980s -- one of our common friends was future ESPN fantasy guru Matthew Berry...

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