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Friday, April 18, 2014

The Secret Service Threatened to Kill Mr. Met

DUCKING MASS?

Mr. Met, the mascot for baseball’s saddest franchise, received a stern warning from the Secret Service in 1997, when President Clinton visited Shea Stadium: “Approach the president, and we go for the kill shot.”

Former Mr. Met AJ Mass recounted the death threat in his new book, Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots.....

“We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen. Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. But approach the President, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?” the agent reportedly said, while looking into Mr. Met’s “very soul with his blank, unblinking stare.”

The agent then repeated himself. “Approach the president, and we go for the kill shot,” the agent told Mass. “ARE–WE–CLEAR?”

Mass wrote that agents first grew suspicious when he failed to get Mr. Met’s giant head through security without setting off the metal detectors.

The District Attorney Posted: April 18, 2014 at 08:16 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, mascots, mets

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   1. A Di-J Persnickety Posted: April 18, 2014 at 08:54 PM (#4688897)
It would be interesting to see if a sniper would kill Mr. Met with a head shot.
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 18, 2014 at 08:59 PM (#4688904)
   3. The District Attorney Posted: April 18, 2014 at 09:23 PM (#4688927)
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