Mr. Met, The mascot for the New York Mets baseball team, is facing what the team says will be “internal discipline” because he gave Milwaukee Brewers fans “The Finger”, while the Mets were getting whipped 7 to 1 earlier this week.
The Mets organization says it doesn’t condone that kind of behavior.
But in this day when many subscribe to the theory that any publicity is good publicity, I suspect officials may be happy to have attention diverted from what’s been a disappointing season for the team which currently sports a 23-28 record.
Mr. Met joins a long list of those who’ve found flipping someone else off, or flying the bird, the best way to express their feelings.
In fact, it turns out the single-finger salute has roots dating back to ancient Greece and Rome, and has been a stable, no- matter how unpleasant, in our country for nearly 2 centuries.
A pitcher for the Boston Beancounters flipped off a new York Giants competitor during a Major League game in the 1860’s that was captured in a picture.
Then California governor Ronald Reagan once gave the bird to protesters, and then-Texas governor the first George Bush did the same addressing a camera crew after an election victory.
One of few advantages of my inability to see is that I don’t know how many times I’ve been given the bird.
But there have been a few times when friendly competitors in a game of cards, corn hole, or horseshoes told me i’d been thrown the finger just so I would know.
I suspect the only discipline for Mr. Met will be that he’ll be told to keep his hands in his pockets.
That’s the way I see it.