The Mets may be in second place, but the club entered Wednesday’s game against the Brewers four games under .500 and only a game ahead of the lowly Braves. The Mets fell flat, ending its three-game winning streak with a 7-1 loss to the Brewers. Jacob deGrom struggled, failing to get into the fifth inning after giving up seven runs.
The home crowd apparently wasn’t thrilled and some fans presumably sent some of their vitriol at Mr. Met, the team’s longtime mascot. As Mr. Met was walking through the tunnel back to the clubhouse after the game, fans continued to heckle him, so he turned around and briefly flipped them the middle finger. Here’s a video if you are so inclined to see that.
Word quickly spread through social media and the Mets were made aware of it. As a result, the organization issued this statement:
Those of you who had “mascot caught giving the finger” on your “weird things to happen in baseball this year” bingo sheet, please mark your space.
Athletics president Dave Kaval is ready to take full advantage of the interleague series between the Giants and A’s this season. While the two teams customarily play a few preseason “Battle of the Bay” games each year, they’re also scheduled to meet each other six times during the regular season; once for a three-game set in San Francisco, then for a three-game set in Oakland. On Saturday, Kaval announced that any Giants fans looking to park at the Coliseum this year will be charged $50 instead of the standard, general admission $30 — an additional “rivalry fee” that can be easily waived by shouting, “Go A’s!” at the gate.
This isn’t the first time that a major-league team has tried to keep rival fans at bay, though Kaval doesn’t seem all that intent on actually driving fans away from the ballpark. Back in 2012, the Nationals staged a “Take Back the Park” campaign after people began complaining that Phillies fans were overtaking Nationals Park during rivalry games. They limited a single-series presale of Nats-Phillies tickets to buyers within Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia in hopes of filling the stands with a few more friendly faces. Washington COO Andy Feffer told the press that while he would treat all guests with “respect and courtesy,” he wanted Phillies fans to feel irked enough to pay attention to the Nationals. In the end, things went… well, a little south for all involved.
Whether the Giants are planning any retaliatory measures has yet to be seen, but it’s not as if this is going to be an enforceable rule. The real travesty here, if you’re an A’s fan or just pretending to be one, is that the parking fees have increased from $20 to $30 this season. Unless you’re a season ticket holder with a prepaid $10 parking permit, it’s far better to brave the crowds and take advantage of local public transportation. There are bound to be far fewer irate Giants fans on BART than at the gates — even if the gag only lasts a few days out of the year.