Mr. Met during a game between the New

Mr. Met during a game between the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on April 19, 2015. (Credit: Getty Images / Rob Tringali)

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Secrets of Mr. Met: Target of the Secret Service and jealous boyfriends?

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What's the real story behind Mr. Mets' baseball-shaped head?

From death threats from the Secret Service to fans' jealous boyfriends to being a globe-trotting trendsetter, Mr. Met lives a pretty interesting life.

Below, amNewYork takes a peek behind that seemingly cheery disposition to uncover the truth about New York City's most beloved sports mascot.

In 2004, New York Times columnist Dan Barry

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Is this the real reason Mr. Met doesn't talk?

In 2004, New York Times columnist Dan Barry said it might be a good thing that Mr. Met doesn't speak considering the team's woes at that time.

"Whatever the reason, it is probably best that he remain mute. For if Mr. Met could speak, he might release a banshee-like wail that lasts through the day and well into the night, long after the lights at Shea Stadium had stopped illuminating the latest crime committed in the name of baseball."

In his 2014 memoir

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The Secret Service threatened to shoot Mr. Met

In his 2014 memoir "Yes, It's Hot In Here," AJ Mass -- Mr. Met from 1994 to 1997 -- was psyched to meet then-President Clinton during a 1997 visit to Shea Stadium. But, because of the size of the costume's head, he couldn't get through a metal detector, which meant he wasn't approved to be near Clinton. Mass writes an agent told him, "Approach the President, and we go in for the kill shot..ARE WE CLEAR?"

As Rolling Stone wrote in a 2014 profile

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Mr. Met has size 16 shoes

As Rolling Stone wrote in a 2014 profile of Mr. Met, "With his size 16 shoes slapping on the concrete that lines the intestines of Citi Field, you can hear him coming from around the corner."

Mr. Met was retired as the Mets mascot

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The makeover mistake

Mr. Met was retired as the Mets mascot in 1976, but returned in 1994 with a new look for a special promotion for Nickelodeon. That season, Mr. Met could arch his eyebrows, stick out his tongue and shoot smoke out of his ears when he was frustrated by a bad call, according to the Mets' official history of the mascot. The following year, the costume was made over--because the old one couldn't fit into door frames--and turned into the famous one delighting fans today.

The New York Mets have used Mr. Met

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Mr. Met helps bring in multi-million-dollar investors

The New York Mets have used Mr. Met to help lure potential minority investors, including access to Mr. Met on a list of perks available to those willing to chip in $20 million to the club's coffers.

Also in AJ Mass' book

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Mr. Met loves female fans -- but not necessarily their boyfriends

Also in AJ Mass' book "Yes, It's Hot In Here," he writes, "A lot of macho guys would say, 'Tell me the truth. Is that a guy or girl in there?' I wouldn't give them the pleasure of answering. I'd point at my chest: I'm Mr. Met. They'd freak out." (Pictured above, is model Erin Heatheron, in October 2015).

Mr. Met was inducted to the Mascot Hall

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He's kind of a big deal

Mr. Met was inducted to the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2007. (Maybe Pete Rose can get into that one?)

Ebay is filled with cool Mr. Met toys

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You can own a piece of Mr. Met

Ebay is filled with cool Mr. Met toys and other memorabilia. Among them: a hologram keychain, a "No Smoking" sign, lunchboxes and pennants.

The first man to wear the costume, Dan

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Meet the original Mr. Met

The first man to wear the costume, Dan Reilly, penned a memoir in 2007, "The Original Mr. Met Remembers: When the Miracle Began." Reilly, a native of New York, first worked for the Mets in the ticket department. He was the mascot until 1967 and left the organization in 1972.

Mr. Met has more than 24,000 Twitter followers.

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Mr. Met is a Twitter star; Mrs. Met lags behind

Mr. Met has more than 24,000 Twitter followers. Mrs. Met, however, only has about 3,000. She recently Tweeted, "I can't stop listening to the @FooFighters today!"

We're talking 6 feet and 10 inches of

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How tall IS Mr. Met?

We're talking 6 feet and 10 inches of pure mascot.

On Opening Day 2000, Mr. Met became the

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Mr. Met goes global

On Opening Day 2000, Mr. Met became the first MLB mascot to perform overseas as the Mets played in Japan's Tokyo Dome.

Although Mr. Met graced the team's yearbook, game

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Mr. Met is a pioneer

Although Mr. Met graced the team's yearbook, game programs and scorecard in 1963, he first took the field to entertain fans on April 17, 1964. In doing so he became the first live mascot in MLB's modern era.

Mr. Met often makes the top 5 in

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A fan favorite

Mr. Met often makes the top 5 in Forbes' annual list of top sports mascots, and was No. 1 in 2012.

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