The New York Mets have been mocked by fans and writers alike for their historic collapses and dismal play. Now, they’re being mocked by cartoons during their own broadcast.
Last fall, popular cartoon Family Guy included a short segment poking fun at the Mets and their inability to make it to the offseason.
In the clip, baby Stewie Griffin says to dog Brian that “Halloween’s a bigger letdown than being a Mets fan.” The scene cuts to Stewie, who is wearing a Mets hat and sitting at Citi Field. The announcer says, “Opening Day and here’s the first pitch… and the season’s over.” Stewie then throws his hat to the ground.
The Mets lost to the Florida Marlins 6-2 on Opening Day, and at the end of the night’s broadcast on SNY, a technician accidentally played a portion of an audio version of the clip as the Mets left the field. The segment interrupted announcer Gary Cohen, who was recapping the miserable loss.
Fans of the show immediately recognized the clip, which has been spreading through the Internet, but Mets officials downplayed the incident.
“It’s New York,” Mets vice president of media relations Jay Horwitz told the New York Daily News. “You can’t overreact. It gets to the point where you’re almost immune to it all. I’m sure that what happened was accidental, not malicious, and I’m sure the person who did it felt terrible.”
“It was a very poor decision by an employee,” a SNY spokesman told The New York Post. “The matter is being dealt with internally.”
Officials are calling the incident a mistake and it is unclear whether or not the employee will be fired.