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A co-worker mentioned Homer the other day (it was in the Mets calendar) and then Mike sent this in to so to break up the serious tone of things, let’s enjoy this from Mike.

homer the beagle metsHomer, the original Mets mascot, at his perch in the Polo Grounds. At that time, Mr. Met only existed as a cartoon drawing in scorecards, programs and yearbooks.

Homer was trained by Rudd Weatherwax, who also trained Lassie. Casey Stengel hated him and refused to let him sit in the dugout.

Homer was supposed to celebrate a Mets home run by running the bases at the Polo Grounds. Homer performed well in rehearsals, but in his first real test he touched first base and second, then took a detour and raced to center field. He had to be wrangled by three fielders, two ushers and the handler.

I think I’m going to see if I can nag Dave into a Mettle the Mule appearance.  What the hell Dave, it’s the 50th let’s have some fun.  What are they gonna do, make fun of the Mets?

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