Mr. Met to help open Mike Bloomberg campaign office in Queens
Those involved in professional sports, be they players, managers, coaches or owners, can find themselves accused of alienating certain segments of a fan base by taking a political stance in this polarized climate. Can the same happen to a mascot?
We are about to potentially learn as much, as news surfaced this week that Mr. Met will be on hand when Democratic Party presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg opens a campaign office in Queens.
On Thursday, the beloved New York Mets mascot will play an unclear role when Bloomberg, the former three-time mayor of New York City, sets up shop not too far away from Citi Field.
Carl Campanile of the New York Post notes that Mr. Met’s appearance is not an official endorsement of Bloomberg on behalf of the Mets organization. That being said, it’s not difficult to predict that it will be viewed as such by some in this highly charged era of partisan politics.
It will be intriguing to monitor whether or not the Mets organization will feel compelled to issue a statement in response should any potential backlash occur due to Mr. Met’s role in the Bloomberg office opening.
Beyond that, there’s a decent chance that there’s one individual who may feel the need to bash the Mets — if he catches wind of it — for allowing their mascot to be part of the event.