Through two late-season collapses in 2007 and 2008 and then the last two sub-.500 seasons, the Mets have endured plenty of criticism and no little bit of mockery.
But on Friday night, an employee of SNY, the Mets’ network, played a prank — perhaps for April Fools’ Day — after the Mets’ opening-night loss to the Florida Marlins. The worker, whom SNY would not identify, inserted a few seconds from a 2010 “Family Guy” episode that made light of the Mets’ miseries.
The few seconds are from a sequence that starts when Stewie Griffin, the sassy baby with a British accent, says, “So far, Halloween is a bigger letdown than being a Mets fan.”
The scene then cuts to Stewie, in a seat at a ballpark. An announcer says, “Opening day, and here’s the first pitch — and the season’s over.” The audience watching the Mets game heard only, “Opening day and here’s the first pitch” before the sound of the game returned.
Andrew Fegyveresi, an SNY spokesman, said, “It was a very poor decision by an individual employee and the matter is being dealt with internally.”
He would not say what position the person held or what sort of discipline would be imposed for the joke.