Wait… The Secret Service Threatened Mr. Met?!
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to dance atop a dugout and pose for pictures while sweating yourself into heat stroke because you’re wearing a 15 lb felt & styrofoam head?
Well, fear not! AJ Mass, former Mr. Met, has written a book called Yes It’s Hot In Here, about his career in the big baseball head of Queens. It includes some really interesting peeks into a world that you might never have previously thought much about. One of the really interesting parts though is the part about his interaction–or lack thereof–with President Clinton, who came to the stadium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut. From this excerpt:
“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?”
Chill, man. What’s Mr. Met going to do? Embarrass the prez by making people realize he has the same size head as Mr. Met?