If you've watched a Mets game this year, you've undoubtedly seen commercials featuring Curtis Granderson in the team laundry room and Noah Syndergaard talking up his promotional gnome. Both players do pretty well with comedic acting considering they are professional baseball players. The ads are good, but they're not even close to the best commercials produced by the team.
Those commercials aired back in the 2005 season. When the Mets were on the road, Mr. Met had lots of time to kill at Shea Stadium, and he got into all sorts of trouble while he waited for the Mets to get back. He developed a knack for whittling in the Mets' dugout.
During that season, Jose Reyes was on his way to leading the league in stolen bases. He had stolen 32 in parts of two seasons before that year and went on to finish the season with 60. Mr. Met was way ahead of the Statcast curve and clocked himself running on the field at Shea.
The grounds crew does a lot of work on the field that nobody ever sees, but Mr. Met brought out the t-shirt cannon to harass a member of the crew as he raked the field.
While he might not have been fast enough to get into games as a pinch runner, Mr. Met's golf swing looked pretty good. He was good at breaking things with golf balls, though, and he was way ahead of Travis d'Arnaud in hitting a ball off the home run apple.
Like Mo Vaughn, Mr. Met hit the right field scoreboard, but he managed to take out the Yankees' second "Y" on the board in the process.
In his most elaborate stunt, Mr. Met built a ramp for the bullpen cart, which he pulled out of storage.
And while he cannot speak, Mr. Met was also way ahead of his Twitter account in getting text out to the world. He got a couple of messages up on the board before handing a note to the scoreboard guy that was unfit for print.
It would be great to see what Mr. Met is up to in an empty Citi Field, and it's hard not to make him funny. He's been in other commercials over the years, but these were the best.
And let's open up the floor and get some ideas going for the series in the comment section. I'll get the ball rolling:
The sun rises at Citi Field. The camera pans to Mr. Met standing in front of Shake Shack, which is dormant with its gate closed. Mr. Met looks at his wrist to check the time. He lets out a big, inaudible sigh.
"The Mets are coming back to town. And not a moment too soon."