Baseball has unwritten rules.
If you deliberately plunk our best hitter with a pitch, for example, we’ll plunk yours right back.
There are unwritten rules as well for other facets of the venerable game—including mascots, whose wacky antics delight and amuse many spectators.
Chief among those rules, however, is that your high-profile, in-stadium goodwill ambassador doesn’t flip the bird at fans.
Mr. Met, well-established mascot for the New York Mets, violated that rule Wednesday night, and, of course, the single-digit salute was captured in a three-second video made for today’s fun-size social media appetite:
This season has already taken its toll on Mr. Met.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) June 1, 2017
That kind of move can get a person fired—and it did. The Mets immediately cut ties with the employee and issued the following statement: