For the past few weeks, there’s been a mysterious lady making unannounced appearances and disappearances at Citi Field this month.
No, not Anna Benson. Mrs. Met.
Without any forewarning, or a press conference heralding her acquisition, the Mets broke out the long-dormant mascot wife of the ubiquitous Mr. Met on July 3, drawing the attention of local media and the adoring glances of fans.
“Mrs. Met has been busy taking care of her family at home in Flushing, Queens, and working part-time as an event planner,” the team told the New York Post in a statement. “She is the newest member of our team.”
The backstory was relatable: a modern woman, Mrs. Met could take care of her family, work part-time, then make a triumphant return to the full-time workforce. Take that, Atlantic Monthly: she could have it all.
Mr. Met was, clearly, thrilled. You couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. A camera caught them smooching on the Kiss Cam. When Mr. Met emphatically lifted his hands in the air, imploring people to stretch a little higher, sing a little louder, Mrs. Met did the same thing, but somehow, she did it sassier.
So it made sense that Friday night, when Mr. Met came out for the seventh inning solo, concern for Mrs. Met immediately flooded Twitter. Well, okay, not “flooded.” But it definitely came up. Had she gotten injured, and was now in the clutches of Mets trainers? Had she been suspended in the Biogenesis probe?
One possible answer appeared when, in the middle of White Sox-Braves game, Alex Rios was seen in the dugout hugging teammates. The sudden pulling of two high-profile figures at the same time, this close to the trade deadline, couldn’t very well be a coincidence, right?
But when the Mets game ended, general manager Sandy Alderson did not appear to announce a trade. Instead, an email query to a Mets front office official garnered this response: “Home with the kids Howard.”
Further clarification, such as whether she’d simply had an All-Star-inspired cameo, or would be back providing Mr. Met with a softer sidekick on Saturday afternoon, wasn’t forthcoming.
Prior to Terry Collins’ postgame presser, a fellow reporter darkly speculated that the Mets had killed her for the insurance money. As long as the Mets refuse to provide more detail about her whereabouts, such wild rumors are likely to proliferate.