SPONSORED: The New York Mets made a special offer to our group and other area bloggers to come to the game this past Sunday for a treat beyond watching rookie phenom Matt Harvey outduel the rival Phillies.
As a lifelong New York Mets fan, I have tried to instill my love for the team in my kids. My son, who will be 3 next weekend, has really taken to one of member of the team in particular.
The mascot, Mr. Met.
Our family took a picture with the baseball-headed, white-gloved goodwill ambassador last year and my son has been asking to meet him again pretty much since the season started.
So when an opportunity to meet him came up how could we say no?
But it gets better. We also would be meeting the best mascot in baseball’s spouse, Mrs. Met.
Mrs. Met, who has appeared as Lady Met in the 1970s and in an ESPN commercial or two, has not been on the scene for long. The official story is Mrs. Met was home raising the Met children, and now that they are grown she is using her event-planning background to work alongside her husband. She debuted a few weeks ago as the ambassador for Metropolitan Hospitality but this past Sunday would be her coming out party for the fans.
When they came into the room, my 5-year-old daughter squealed with glee. The little guy was a little scared at first. But after Mrs. Met crouched down and invited the kids over for a hug, they were both hooked.
Mrs. Met, unlike in her other past iterations, has a sporty pony tail peeking out from under her Mets cap. “I love her hair,” my daughter told me.
Once the meet-and-greet was done, we got to enjoy yet another masterful performance by Mets ace Matt Harvey. And we enjoyed all the kids’ activities we could fit in, including hitting and fielding plastic balls at “Kiddie Field,” a dunking booth, and playing some video games in huge plush lounge chairs.
Later in the game, Mrs. Met appeared before the crowd during the Pepsi T-Shirt launch. She’s really part of the family now.