Baseball Crank
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May 6, 2004
BASEBALL/WAR: Mr. Met, Patriot

While Michele is busy heaping slanders on Mr. Met (it gets worse), I think it is important to defend the honor of He of the Round Head by raising this important fact, from a 2002 report:

He’s serving in the U.S. Army now and has gone from wearing a baseball as a head to keeping the ball rolling at a prison camp for terrorists.

His name is Lee Reynolds and over the course of the last three years he has been a man behind the mask of New York Mets mascot Mr. Met.

Major Reynolds is currently stationed in the Army public affairs office at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to Army officials.

Camp X-Ray is the name of the military compound where al Qaeda and Taliban detainees captured in Afghanistan are being held.

According to Mets officials, Reynolds’ role as the Mets mascot is one shared with a “couple of people.”

Mets officials said that they hope he is safe and that they are grateful for Reynolds’ service to his country.

According to published reports Reynolds, 38, will be stationed in Cuba for the next six months.

Reynolds told a reporter for the New York Post, “Reserve soldiers come from all walks of life, and right now I’m serving my country and serving my state after 9/11. I am very proud to be here, in spite of having to miss the entire baseball season and the Mets have always been 100 percent supportive. They’ve said the door is open for me.”

Of course, the Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees are sure to confess when he walks into the interrogation room in the Mr. Met head . . .

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:20 AM | Baseball 2004 • | War 2004 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (3)
Comments

Mr. Met has suddenly become the John Kerry of the baseball world.

Did I mention I'm a veteran?!

Maybe whoever wears the head is a nice guy, but I still stand by my assertion that Mr. Met, the mascot, is the dumbest looking mascot ever.

Posted by: michele at May 6, 2004 7:31 AM

I would have to give my vote to Rowdy, of Dallas Cowboys fame... www.removerowdy.com

Posted by: Drew at May 6, 2004 4:05 PM

When I was growing up in Bakersfield, CA, the minor league team was the A-ball affiliate of the Dodgers (appropriately named the Bakersfield Dodgers). Their mascot was called “Roger Dodger” and he was nothing more then an old man with a giant rubber head. We’re talking Mr. Met-sized. The face was so poorly made (it is the single-A California League after all) that it appeared to be deformed like the Elephant Man. I had nightmares for weeks after going to a game and I wasn’t alone. The team received so many complaints from parent that they had to do away with him.

Posted by: Richard at May 6, 2004 7:29 PM

When I was growing up in Bakersfield, CA, the minor league team was the A-ball affiliate of the Dodgers (appropriately named the Bakersfield Dodgers). Their mascot was called “Roger Dodger” and he was nothing more then an old man with a giant rubber head. We’re talking Mr. Met-sized. The face was so poorly made (it is the single-A California League after all) that it appeared to be deformed like the Elephant Man. I had nightmares for weeks after going to a game and I wasn’t alone. The team received so many complaints from parents that they had to do away with him.

Posted by: Richard at May 6, 2004 7:29 PM
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