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Secret Service threatened to shoot Mr. Met if came too close to Bill Clinton: book


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

A Secret Service agent once threatened to shoot Mr. Met if he came too close to former President Bill Clinton, according to a man who once donned the outfit.

The incident is part of a new book called “Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots” by AJ Mass, who, in 1994, became the first person to wear the Mr. Met suit since the mascot was retired by the baseball team in the 1960s.

In an excerpt published on The Huffington Post Wednesday, Mass, who now works for ESPN.com, recalls the April 15, 1997 game at Shea Stadium.

During the game, a Secret Service agent who did not “see the humor,” in his Mr. Met routine gave the mascot a frightening warning, he wrote:

“We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen,” he says. “Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. Nobody will bother you. But approach the president, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?”

He pauses for a moment to let the words sink in, and it feels like he isn’t only looking into my eyes, but also into my very soul with his blank, unblinking stare. Then he says the same thing again, only a little bit slower this time, making sure I know his warning is not in any way to be misconstrued as some sort of gag. He’s dead serious, and if I don’t believe him, then I’ll be dead–seriously.

“Approach the president, and we go for the kill shot,” he repeats. “ARE–WE–CLEAR?”

 

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Spend the night with Mr. Met: Citi Field Sleepover announced


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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The Mets are hoping to make fans’ dreams come true— with a sleepover.

The team announced its first-ever “Citi Field Sleepover” will be on Saturday, August 10 at the ballpark. Tickets for the sleepover started to go on sale today at 10 a.m., and a presale was available yesterday for Mets season ticket holders.

Only 500 tickets will be available for purchase with 1-3 tickets for $200 or $175 for 4-6 tickets.

The Mets will be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks from 8:10 p.m. and fans can watch SNY’s live broadcast of the game on the big screen in center field. Fans attending the sleepover will receive a ticket to the Mets’ Saturday, September 28 game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The 15- hour event will include a dinner buffet in FanFest without alcoholic beverages, late night snack in the Modell’s Clubhouse and breakfast.

The stadium will open at 5:00 p.m for the sleepover. Fans are responsible for bringing any sleeping material, such as sleeping bags, pillows, blankets and tents.

Only fans with sleeping bags can sleep on the grass and those with tents will be regulated to the warning track.

For tickets go to Mets.com/sleepover.

 

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Mrs. Met returns to Citi Field


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of New York Mets

Behind every great Mr. Met there is a Mrs. Met and she’s back.

Gone for a few years, the better half of the iconic Mr. Met appeared at Citi Field recently, surprising fans, many of which may have never even known she existed.

Mrs. Met was apparently on sabbatical from the team, but will make regular appearances at the field, joining her husband to root the team on through a turbulent season.

“Mrs. Met has been busy taking care of her family at home in Flushing, Queens and working part-time as an event planner,” said team representatives.

Mrs. Met was first introduced in the 1970s and made a brief appearance in 2005. Old photos and even an ESPN commercial show the couple together with their three kids; two children and an infant.

 

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Borough President bestows honors


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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

Besides celebrating Queens during her State of the Borough address, Borough President Helen Marshall honored a special few whose spirit and dedication have made the borough a better and safer place to live.

Marshall reserved the end of her speech to recognize a handful of residents and workers who went above and beyond the call of duty this past year and one whose dedication 70 years ago helped protect the country.

Arno Heller, a 91-year-old volunteer in Marshall’s office, emigrated from Germany shortly before World War II and served for the U.S. Army during the global conflict.  His service during that time earned him a Bronze Star, which he will receive shortly, more than a half century after serving the country.  For his service, Heller was bestowed the Declaration of Honor from Marshall.

“What I did in the Army, a lot of people did a lot more,” Heller said.  “I was just a small cog and I was glad to be able to fight for this country that gave me a home and a refuge in 1939.”

Other heroes who received the declaration from the borough president included: Firefighter Ronald Daly, a member of Rescue 4 in Woodside, who entered a raging home fire to rescue a man and his dog; Detectives Charles LoPresti and Richard Johnson, who captured the suspect in four fire bombings that took place in December; and Department of Sanitation workers Joseph Maneggio and Semi Nkozi, who while on duty saw five children and their mother on the roof of a house fire in Far Rockaway and caught each as they leapt from the burning building.

Mr. Met was also on hand to invite Maneggio and Nkozi to a Met game and give them gloves in honor of their life-saving catches.

“These acts are just a sample of the compassion and commitment you find on streets across our borough,” Marshall said.

Kids meet former Mets’ hurler John Franco


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THE COURIER/Photos by Alexa Altman

Thirteen-year-old Joseph Santana stood in line wearing an oversized striped Mets jersey, clutching a cobalt blue baseball cap. He bobbed excitedly as the line grew shorter, anticipating his turn. When he reached the front of the line, he thrust the cap at former Mets relief pitcher John Franco, who scribbled his signature in black Sharpie marker across the brim.

“Thank you!” said Santana, a broad smile stretched across his face.

“I’m a big Mets fan!” Santana exclaimed. “I’m happy I got to meet a Mets player!”

Santana was just one of over 200 kids who attended the Citi Holiday Event at Citi Field on Tuesday, December 6. The event partnered Citibank with United Neighborhood Houses (UNH), a non-profit organization that provides social, educational and recreational services for local residents. UNH has over 37 settlement houses that work with low-income youth, aiming to instill life skills, job training and college preparation in the area’s children.

Natalie Abatemarco, managing director of community development, was excited to continue the event Citi has put on annually since the ballpark’s opening in 2009.

“We’re here to celebrate with the United Neighborhood Houses and bring young people to Citi Field,” said Abatemarco. “These are our Citi Field kids and we’re excited to celebrate the holiday season with them.”

Kids buzzed around the room of the Acela Club at Citi Field as ballpark staff members served them heaping plates of macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers. Mr. Met, the Mets mascot, greeted guests and posed for photos. They then took tours of the facility, ending with a few swings in the Met’s batting cage.

Monica Guzman brought over 60 kids with her from Sunnyside Community Services, each of whom she hopes will cherish this special event.
“This will be a day they’ll remember forever,” said Guzman. “They’ll go on to tell their kids about it.”

Franco, a New York native himself, was happy to spend the holidays back on his home turf.

“I hope there are a lot of smiles,” said Franco. “I hope we bring a lot of happiness to the room.”

Franco spent most of the evening surrounded by swarms of kids, ecstatic to meet the baseball legend.