After being freed following a nearly five-month stint in an Egyptian jail during that country's uprising, Queens native Ilan Grapel received interesting news: The New York Mets won the World Series during his isolation.
The misinformation was a joke played by Rep. Gary Ackerman, according to the New York Post.
In a news conference in Tel Aviv following his release, the newspaper reports, Grapel said: "There's so many people to thank, and after being cut off for the past five months ..."
At that point, the Post reports, Ackerman chimed in: "We told him the Mets won the World Series."
Grapel, a 27-year-old U.S.-Israeli citizen, was freed Thursday in a prisoner swap between Israel and Egypt.
The Emory University law student arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday morning. He said he was arrested June 12 while attending a
demonstration in Cairo and was accused of spying for Israel, which denied the allegation.
Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.