Amid the New York Mets’ “thumbs down” controversy, shortstop Francisco Lindor switched to a “thumbs up” while attending the US Open.
The New York Mets are in the midst of a controversy in which Javier Baez, taking over the trade deadline, revealed to the media that the “thumbs down” party was a way of praising the fans, so to speak. That has led to angry New Yorkers calling local sports radio stations to express their frustrations, and even team president Sandy Alderson has released a statement condemning the players’ gestures. One of Baez’s teammates who also took part in the celebration was shortstop Francisco Lindor.
On Monday, Lindor appeared to be continuing the “thumbs down” celebration. While appearing at the US Open in Queens, NY, Lindor heard a fan in the crowd “thumbs up from now on.” Lindor obliged, as you can see in the tweet below, courtesy of Newsday Sports’ Tim Healey.
Why did the Mets give the ‘thumbs down’ to their fans?
After the Mets’ 9-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday, Baez admitted he decided to give the thumbs down in response to the fans at Citi Field for booing them all season. As a result of this confession, Baez effectively threw Lindor under the bus as he made the same gesture.
Lindor has a lot of pressure on him from the Mets fans as he had signed a $341 million contract extension before the start of the season. So far in his first season with the Mets, Lindor cut .224/.316/.370 while noting 11 home runs, 38 RBI, 50 runs and 75 hits.
Although Lindor gave a thumbs up to a fan at the US Open, what will really help the team get back on the fans’ good side is by taking some wins to secure a berth for after the campaign ends. to get the season.
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