In his new memoir, Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots, the man who dressed as Mr. Met during the mid-90s said the Secret Service wasn’t messing around when then-President Bill Clinton visited Shea Stadium.
A.J. Mass recounted a conversation he had with an agent on the fiftieth anniversary celebration of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, in which the mascot was warned to keep his distance from the president.
“Now listen to me very carefully…We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen,” the agent told him. “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?”
“Approach the president, and we go for the kill shot,” the agent said, with Mass’ emphasis. “ARE–WE–CLEAR?”
Fair enough, though if the Secret Service had the same luck in Shea as the Mets did, they probably would have walked him in four.
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