Mr Met gives fan the finger, employee done with mascot duty

That kind of move can get a person fired-and it did.

New York's beloved mascot flashed his "middle" finger at a fan during Wednesday night's 7-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, and the team says the employee won't work in the costume again.

Mets mascot Mr Met pulls the finger at a fan.

In fact, some enterprising Mets fan seems to have made a parody Twitter account of the man who posted the video, Anthony De Lucia.

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Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred weighed in on the incident while talking on WFAN's Boomer and Carton show Thursday morning, saying, "It was unfortunate and I'm sure the Mets will be taking the appropriate corrective action". "We do not condone this type of behavior", according to the Mets. "We are dealing with this matter internally", the Mets said in a statement on the team website.

The Mets hope to put these incidents in the past as they host the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday afternoon in the final match of a four-game series. Despondent and perhaps dehydrated after summoning nine innings of enthusiasm in vain against Milwaukee, Mr. Met broke the fourth wall of team cheerleading etiquette and beat back hecklers with a plus-sized flip of his white-gloved middle finger.

Expected to contend for a playoff spot, the Mets are 23-28, hurt by injuries to ace starter Noah Syndergaard, closer Jeurys Familia and slugger Yoenis Cespedes. Terry Collins went ballistic over the call and got ejected.

In one incident a player was photographed with a sex toy in his locker; in another, the team's once-vaunted pitcher Matt Harvey missed a game due to a hangover that he initially told the team was a "migraine". Oh, and the Tim Tebow circus. It was unclear whether the fans had said anything to the mascot before it made the gesture. Apparently, the team was unwilling to pardon his gestural French.

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