Mets taking advantage of Gaga mania

Updated: June 23, 2010, 11:18 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- In an effort to take advantage of Lady Gaga baseball mania, the New York Mets have handed out 20,000 No. 1 foam fingers to commemorate Gaga's one finger salutes earlier in the month at Citi Field. The foam finger raised is the index, not middle, and it salutes David Wright.

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Nick Laham/Getty ImagesCameras caught Lady Gaga gesturing from a suite at Citi Field on June 10.

After Gaga started a scene at Citi in the stands, the Mets moved Gaga to Jerry Seinfeld's luxury box to get her away from the fans. She then gave photographers the finger. This week, in a radio interview, Seinfeld criticized Gaga for her over-the-top antics. Seinfeld was at the ballpark Wednesday night to do three innings of play-by-play during the SNY broadcast.

At the end of third inning, Seinfeld said to Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez, "When are we going to talk about Lady Gaga, that is why I'm here." Seinfeld appeared to be joking around, but in the ensuing inning he said that Gaga was "disrespectful" and that "she should make a nice apology to Mets fans."

The Mets handed out the foam fingers to encourage fans on hand to vote for Wright for the All-Star team. The No. 1 fingers are blue with an orange outline and say, "Make Wright #1" and then they instruct the fans to vote for him at the team's website.

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

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