Egyptian prisoner told Mets won Series

October, 29, 2011
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Freed law student Ilan Grapel was told the Mets won the World Series.


Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens) played a joke on Ilan Grapel shortly after the Queens law student was freed from an Egyptian jail, where he spent nearly five months, the Post reports. Ackerman told Grapel that the Mets had won the World Series.

Here's the exchange, as reported by the newspaper:

Grapel, expected to fly home to Queens today from Israel, was celebrating his release at a press conference in Tel Aviv, flanked by his mother Irene and Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens), when he was pranked. He said it would be hard to express his deep appreciation to everyone who helped free him. “There’s so many people to thank,” he said, “and after being cut off for the past five months ...”

Ackerman quickly interjected, “We told him the Mets won the World Series.” Grapel, a sports fan, shot Ackerman a big smile -- only to quickly feel the letdown most Mets fans are all too familiar with when he quickly figured out that the team had tanked -- again.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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