Mr. Met fired for flipping the bird

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Last night Mr. Met made an obscene gesture to some fans. You can watch it here if you (a) can handle an obscene gesture; and (b) are not in a place where you will get in trouble for laughing so hard coffee shoots out of your nose.

While one might say that this was merely an instance of life imitating art given how obscenely bad the Mets have played of late, the club did not take it that way. They have fired Mr. Met.

Or, more specifically, they have fired the man who was in the Mr. Met suit last night and who flipped the bird. That according to the Associated Press, who learned about it from a Mets official who was speaking on condition of anonymity. It’s against team policy, you see, for anyone but top officials to speak on mascot-obscenity-related matters.

It’s hard to figure that the guy who plays Mr. Met makes a ton of money in the gig. And now that he’s been fired, it’s hard to imagine that we will not hear a lot more from him as he attempts to cash in on his infamy. Indeed, expect the man behind the bird to show up on talk radio and stuff, telling his side of the story, pretty darn soon.

Good bless that man. I wish him nothing but the best of luck in his future endeavors.

 

Carter Capps to undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that Padres pitcher Carter Capps will undergo surgery this offseason to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which doctors believe caused the right-hander’s blood clots. The Padres hope to have him ready by spring training next year.

Capps, 27, underwent Tommy John surgery last year and didn’t debut this season until August 7. He made 11 relief appearances, yielding nine runs on 12 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings. He went back on the DL on September 12 due to the blood clot issue.

The Padres acquired Capps from the Marlins last July in the Andrew Cashner trade which ended up having a lot of moving parts. Capps will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason. It’s quite possible the Padres choose to non-tender him.

Zack Greinke likely to start Wild Card game for Diamondbacks

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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is considering pushing Zack Greinke‘s next start to this weekend in order to line him up to start the National League Wild Card game on normal rest, Nick Piecoro reports. The D-Backs open up their final series of the season, a three-game set, on Friday against the Royals in Kansas City. Greinke is currently on track to start Wednesday against the Giants and the team has an off day on Thursday.

Robbie Ray has been the Diamondbacks’ best pitcher by several measures, including ERA (2.95) and K/9 (12.3), but Greinke has been quite good himself (3.18) and has nine postseason starts under his belt in his career. He’s acclimated to postseason pressure. The D-Backs also signed Greinke to a $206.5 million contract two years ago, which is likely a factor.

The D-Backs are still waiting to find out which opponent will fly to Arizona for the Wild Card game on October 4. Currently, the Rockies hold a two-game lead over the Brewers and lead the Cardinals by 2.5 games.