Mrs. Met

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Mrs. Met (a.k.a. Lady Met)
Lady-met.jpg
Lady Met, the original name of Mrs. Met
Team New York Mets
Description Woman with a baseball for a head; companion of Mr. Met

Mrs. Met (previously referred to as Lady Met) is an official mascot of Major League Baseball's New York Mets. She is the female counterpart to Mr. Met and among the oldest of the MLB's mascots.

Origin and Early Years[edit]

Lady Met was introduced by the Mets organization in the mid-1960s,[1] soon after the Mets’ inaugural season.[2] She is one of Major League Baseball's oldest mascots.[3] Like her male counterpart, Lady Met was a human with a large baseball head. Unlike Mr. Met, however, Lady Met had hair. She appeared in print advertisements and pennants in cartoon form, and she also took the form of various toys and trinkets, including small figurines, pins, and cloth dolls.[4][5][6] She would sometimes appear with three “little Mets.”[7]

In the 1970s, the Mets organization started referring to Lady Met as Mrs. Met, and she appeared as a live mascot at home games at Shea Stadium.[8] Her head at the time was a plaster-of-paris ball that a character actor would wear around the stadium during the singing of the National Anthem and in the 5th and 7th innings.[8]

Mr. and Mrs. Met were both phased out by the Mets in the 1980s. Mr. Met came back to the team in 1994, but Mrs. Met would remain out of the public eye for some years to come.[1]

Revival[edit]

Mrs. Met in 2013

In the early 2000s Mrs. Met re-appeared in the media with a spot on a commercial for the ESPN news show, SportsCenter.[9] Mrs. Met was seen in the front passenger seat of a sports utility vehicle as the Met family left a Mets game. While she spoke to Mr. Met (in subtitles), three little Met children sat in the second row.

The Mets organization reportedly revived Mrs. Met very briefly in 2005.[1] But it wasn’t until 2013 that the team brought Mrs. Met back to Queens in earnest. That year, the Mets were set to host the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field.[10] A few weeks before the game, the Mets announced that a new Mrs. Met mascot would meet with fans and appear during the All-Star Game festivities.[11] A senior Mets official reported that Mrs. Met had been “working as an event planner and was ready to return to full-time work now that her children are grown.”[12] In addition to her on-field appearances, Mrs. Met was to appear for non-game-day events. Her first name is Jan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Buiso, Gary (July 7, 2013). "Mrs. Met mascot gets new look for relaunch at Citi Field". New York Post. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mets Timeline". Mets.com. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Granillo, Larry (May 10, 2011). "Wezen Ball: Your Handy Dandy Mascot Guide". Baseball Prospectus. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "VINTAGE MR. MET & LADY MET CLOTH DOLLS". Inside the Park Collectibles. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "VINTAGE NEW YORK METS "LADY MET" LAPEL PIN". Inside the Park Collectibles. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "1960's Lady and Mr. Met Statues". KeyMan Collectibles. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mr. Met". Mascot Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Lukas, Paul (June 14, 2011). "Uni Watch Profiles: Lynn Farrell". UniWatch. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mr. Met ESPN Commercial". YouTube. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ Blum, Ronald (May 16, 2012). "MLB announces Mets as 2013 All-Star host". The Associated Press. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ Yakas, Ben (June 27, 2013). "Photo: Is Mrs. Met The Wife Of Mr. Met, Or His Mother, Or His Drag Persona?". Gothamist. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ Best, Neil (July 8, 2013). "Mrs. Met to appear at All-Star Game". Long Island Newsday. Retrieved July 9, 2013.