THE STORY OF MR. MET
On the first spring morning of '63, with the dew still dampening Coogan's Bluff, Casey Stengel, the old skipper of the young Mets, saw a figure in the distance. Deep in the Polo Grounds' center field stood a fan like no other -- a fan clearly born to root for the New York Mets. Casey so took to the big guy, he invited him to join the Amazin's the next year at their new park, Shea Stadium. Mr. Met was home. Mr. Met moved along with the team into a new home, Citi Field, in 2009 continuing to cheer on his favorite team.
MR. MET'S VITAL SIGNS
|Born:||April 11, 1962 (date of the first Mets game)|
|ML Debut:||April 17, 1964|
|Height:||6'10" (A stitch taller than a standard doorway)|
|Throws:||T-shirts, Cracker Jack, and great parties|
|Bats:||Sleep upside down|
MR. MET FUN FACTS
- Mr. Met leads all active Major League mascots in high fours.
- Early in his career, Mr. Met lost his voice root, root, rooting for the home team. He may be quiet now, but can gesture in 12 different languages.
- Mr. Met's head is the only earthbound orb with its own gravitational pull, explaining why fans are so drawn to him.
- Mr. Met's image debuted in 1963 when it graced the covers of the official Mets yearbook and scorecard.
- In '64, Mr. Met earned rookie-of-the-year honors as Major League Baseball's first modern live-action mascot.
- Though Mr. Met has never been seen in the same place as Super Met, there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that they are one and the same.
- On Opening Day 2000, Mr. Met became the first Major League mascot to entertain fans overseas as the Mets played their first regular season game in Japan's Tokyo Dome.
- In 2012, Mr. Met was named America's Favorite Mascot.
- Mr. Met moved into a new home, Citi Field, in 2009.
- Joined Twitter in 2014. Following him @MrMet.