One of the wonderful things about Banner Day was that some of you learned of the other mascot Mettle the Mule. It’s a bit of revisionist history to believe the Mets loved Mr. Met as much as Mr. Met loves the Mets – Mr. Met disappeared for quite a few years.
The Mets even chose a mascot that mimicked their stubbornness: Mettle the mule. In 1979, the few fans who visited Shea saw the mule stride up and down the foul lines before games.
The internet suggests mules only live around 30 years so I doubt Mettle is still around, and Homer the Beagle is surely long gone (anyone got obits on either? Greg Prince? Ethan?) – but I’d love to see the Mets have some representative animals make an appearance. I was at the final game at Yankee Stadium II and saw Fake Babe Ruth so I don’t think Fake Mettle would offend anyone.
Come on Dave