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Mets issue statement after Mr. Met is caught giving the finger to fans

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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.

Report: Giants in “serious discussions” with Reds to acquire Billy Hamilton

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Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.

Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.

Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.