NEW YORK (PIX11) – When AJ Mass graduated college in the 90s – bringing Mr. Met back from a decades-long hiatus became his first job. He served as mascot from 1994-1997.
“I fit the suit – it was that simple,” Mass said.
He shared stories of being a mascot from teams around the nation in his new book “Yes, It’s Hot in Here” – a question he got all the time.
“You’ve gotta drink a lot of fluids going in so that you’re very well hydrated,” Mass explained.
But no story is more memorable than the time President Bill Clinton came to a game to help honor Jackie Robinson. Security was tight. Mass claimed he was joking around with cops when a secret service agent told him to beware.
“Go about the stadium, no one’s going to bother you,” Mass recalled Clinton’s secret service agent saying. “But there are snipers all along the roof of the stadium just in case something were to happen. Approach the president and we go for the kill shot.”
There are no pictures of him and the President – he was too scared to go anywhere near him after that. Mass did get to meet other notables, like former Mayor Rudy Giuliani – a Yankees fan. But he eventually left the Mets.
“The Mets did not think I was a full-time employee so they would not give me health benefits,” Mass said. “They nevertheless wanted me to be available to them 365 days a year, seven days a week.”
The Mets had no comment about the story.