Book: Secret Service Threatened to Shoot Mets Mascot

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Friday, 18 Apr 2014 07:34 AM

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The mascot for the New York Mets received a stern warning from the Secret Service during a visit then-President Bill Clinton made to a baseball game in 1997, according to a new book.

AJ Mass, a former "Mr. Met," writes in a book about sports mascots he was told to stay away from the president by a Secret Service agent at Shea Stadium. If not, he'd be the target of a "kill shot."

"'Mr. Met,' he says, 'here's the deal. You do whatever it is you normally do and go about your business as usual. We won’t bother you anymore,"' Mass writes in an excerpt posted on Sports Illustrated's website. '"I’ve made it clear that you no longer need to be searched at the checkpoints. Okay?'"

The agent continued: "Now listen to me very carefully. We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen. Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. Nobody will bother you. But approach the president, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?"

Mass now works for ESPN and wrote a book, "Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots."

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